May 4, 2012
Josiah Turner has committed to new SMU coach Larry Brown

Several web-sites are reporting that Arizona transfer Josiah Turner has committed to SMU and new coach Larry Brown.

"It's a great fit for me," Turner told Jeff Goodman of earlier today.

The former Cordova and Sacramento High guard had a troubled first season with the Wildcats, which included suspensions for several games for off-court problems.

Last week he was arrested by University of Arizona police for allegedly running a red light and driving under the influence.

But Brown, the Hall of Fame coach hired by the Dallas university April 23, has dealt with several challenging players during his long NBA tenure, including Allen Iverson.

The 71-year-old Brown had already cleared room for Turner and other potential recruits by telling several incumbent SMU players that they would not remain on the team.

Starting point guard Jeremiah Samarrippas told the school's student newspaper that Brown said he "wasn't good enough to play for him."

SMU hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 1988 and the school is moving into the Big East Conference in 2013.

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