AJ Turner transferring to New Hampton, moving to class of 2015

images[2]AJ Turner, a guard formerly in the class of 2014 at De La Salle, has decided to reclassify to the class of 2015. Turner will also be transferring from De La Salle to New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Turner will repeat his junior year and play two seasons with New Hampton.

Turner was thought to be one of the leading candidates for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball award next season after averaging 18 points and six assists and earning third team All-State mention. Michigan is continuing its recruitment of the talented swingman, along with Michigan State, Northwestern and others. Turner is rejecting interview requests at this point but released the following statement on his move.

As reported this weekend my family and I have decided that it would be best for me as a student-athlete to transfer and reclassify to New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire. I will now do two years of school at New Hampton and will graduate in the class of 2015.

I began school at an early age and have always taken pride in my academics and that will continue going forward. I have been an honor roll student all of my life and I have already passed the ACT. I know the decision I have made is a challenge but I am up to facing that challenge and I feel it will only help me down the road grow as a student-athlete.

It has been made aware to me and my family that I am extremely young for the class of 2014 so I find great excitement in reclassifying into the proper graduating class for my age. My family and I have decided that New Hampton Prep will give me the opportunity to graduate in my proper class of 2015. It will also give me the opportunity to flourish academically and continue to develop as a basketball player and grow as a young man.

With that said I would like to thank Coach Hutchins and the New Hampton family for opening their arms and bringing me in. I am excited to start the opportunity that they have provided for me.

First and foremost I would like to thank DeLaSalle Collegiate High School for the opportunity given to me since I was a freshman. I would like to thank them for developing me into the young man that I have become.

I would like to start off by personally thanking Coach Greg Esler for all you have done for me and for giving me the chance to be a Pilot. I will always be thankful and grateful to you and the rest of the coaching staff at DeLaSalle. All the traits you have taught me on and off the court such as hard work, leadership, and discipline I will take with me to New Hampton and through out the rest of my life.

Brother Bob has always supported me and has always been in my corner so I will also like to thank him for all he has done.

A special thanks also to Principle Adams, Mr. Dean, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Albani, Brother Tom, Brother Pat, and the rest of the teachers, staff, counselors, and parents at DeLaSalle.

The hardest part of this decision was choosing to leave my teammates, friends, and classmates.  All the success that we have shared I will cherish forever.  Although I am moving on to a different place I will always be a Pilot at heart and these friendships and memories will last a life time.

  • DingoBlue

    Interesting development. I would presume this will put pressure on Beilein and the coaches to find another swingman plan B for 2014. However, I think this is a good decision for Turner. Another year of development may take his game a bit higher before college. I presume then based on his age comments that he was in a very similar situation as Tim Hardaway was?

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      Definitely an interesting scenario. Sumner is also off the board to Xavier.

      There aren’t a lot of great Plan Bs in ’14 right now. Chatman will get an offer but that’s at the combo forward. If you miss on Booker and Bluiett … I’m not sure where you go from there.

      The other question is where Turner ranks on Michigan’s board as a 2015 kid… Is he closer in an offer in that class? Is he a June 15th offer? I think he’s still a back up option in that class as well.

      So many kids prep for grades these days so it’s interesting to see a kid make the decision solely for basketball reasons. New Hampton is the same prep school that Evan Smotrycz attended.

      • DingoBlue

        I tend to agree. I’ve said elsewhere I’m not extremely optimistic at the prospects of the 2014 class. I’m not expecting it to be comparable to 2012 or 2013. 2015 is looking more promising though, as there are more recruits in that class I’m excited about.

        • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

          If Michigan lands two of the prospects they’ve offered in the ’14 class to go along with Doyle that’s a pretty damn good class. Two top-100 guys – potentially top 50, top 30 – and a guy that’s vastly underrated from not playing AAU.

          Long way to go in all of those recruitments but it’s safe to say that Michigan is in there strong with Booker, Bluiett, Edwards and Chatman (soon to be offered).

          • DingoBlue

            I presume you mean ’14, and I agree. I guess I’m just not as confident in our chances with Booker, Bluiett, or Looney (if/when Michigan offers). Still think it could be a good class, just not setting my sights too high. Hopefully I’m surprised.

          • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

            Yeesh, yup. I do. Long day.

  • Bluebufoon

    AJ Turner is a classy kid. I don’t see how Turner fits in U-M’s 2015 class with Kennard, Bacon and Coleman expecting offers on or around June 15 ? But I like AJ’s game and I hope he lands on his feet at a big time school, if not at U-M.

  • Colby

    Seems like a new 15 target emerges everyday while have not had any real new 14 targets besides I guess Winslow on Scout but highly doubt we get him. Got to think the staff is in on other 14 guard/wing targets.

  • Sam

    With northwestern hot on the recruiting trail, he would be joining some nice talent and two 4 stars there with the opportunity to be a big game changer and lead that program. he fits in well there and i thnk um and msu among other schools wouldn’t have the space to value his talent enough

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