Nearly a month after Texas freshman forward announced that he was leaving Austin and declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reports that Myles Turner has signed with Andy Miller of ASM Sports.
Turner, projected as a lottery pick in next month’s draft, is the newest addition to the ASM Sports NBA family that includes fellow big men Kevin Garnett, Timofey Mozgov, and Serge Ibaka.
The 19-year-old Texas native averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in one season at Texas. Although mostly serving as a reserve for the Longhorns, starting only seven games, Turner saw the third most minutes. Texas received an 11-seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, but their season ended with a first round loss to 6-seed Butler in a 56-48 game in Pittsburgh.
Regarded as a big man with a soft touch who’s comfortable out in space, NBA scouts fear Turner will be hindered by his shortage of lower body strength and nagging foot and ankle issues. Despite the risks, Turner’s instincts around the basket on the defensive end of the floor, coupled with a 6’11”, 240-pound frame, have peaked the interests of NBA GMs looking to acquire some size in the interior. In Chad Ford’s latest mock draft, Turner is slated at the #6-overall pick to the Sacramento Kings, who have been rumored to have had some interest in Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein.