By Bill Paterson
Sacramento High's Josiah Turner wound down a hectic summer by playing for the United States West team in last weekend's Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Ore.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard made all six of his free throws and finished fifth overall in the tournament in assists with 14 during the three days in which four U.S. regional teams competed in an eight-team field with teams from Asia, France, Canada and Brazil.
Turner's team lost 112-108 to France (Turner had 15 points) on Friday, beat the All-Asia team of players from China, Australia, Taiwan and the Philippines 104-91 on Saturday, then lost to the USA East team 129-123 in the fifth-place game Sunday.
Turner was a member of the powerhouse Drew Gooden Oakland Soldiers team that won the Best of the Summer Tournament in Anaheim and the Fab 48 championship in Las Vegas last month.
Turner, ranked the No. 3 point guard in the Class of 2011 by Rivals.com, reportedly has scheduled official recruiting trips to Louisville Sept. 4 and to Kansas Oct. 15.