August 12, 2010
Sac High's Turner sets visits; narrows list of suitors to seven

By Bill Paterson

Josiah Turner, this area's biggest basketball recruit since the days of Elk Grove's Bill Cartwright, has narrowed his list of scholarship offers to seven schools and also has set his five official visits for the fall.

Doris Ward, Turner's mother, says the Sacramento High senior guard, rated the No. 3 point guard prospect in the country by, will visit Louisville Sept. 4, UConn Sept. 11, Oregon, Oct. 2, Kansas Oct. 15 and Arizona Oct. 22.

Ward also said that her son is still considering UCLA, in which he already has taken several unofficial visits, and Oklahoma, a school that he may visit unofficially the weekend that he attends the Late Night in the Phog ceremonies at Kansas.

While Ward says Turner has received "well over 30 offers", those are his seven finalists.

She says that he will make his final decision shortly after that and before the early signing date Nov. 10.

"He wants to get it done before the start of the high school basketball season so he can focus on trying to help Sac High win state," Ward said.

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