The state of North Carolina is blessed with an overabundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the collegiate level. In our unsigned senior spotlight, we want to take a closer look at 6’5 Jay’den Turner of Southwest Guilford in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is someone that we strongly feel is a scholarship-worthy player.
The Cowboys of Southwest Guilford remain undefeated through 23 games and have adequately prepared themselves to finish with a perfect regular-season record after this Friday. Obviously, folks know about the Langleys, but Turner has been an extremely integral part to this team’s success. He, like many, has sacrificed his touches and individual numbers for the betterment of the team. They don’t really have great depth, so every possession with Turner on the floor is a huge boost in the right direction. He offers an excellent balance on both sides of the ball and understands how to maximize his role at all times. Turner could likely average ten to fifteen more points if he were the lone focal point for a local high school, but this season has given him the opportunity to shine and succeed. He’s posting nightly averages of 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals while shooting an impressive 55% from the floor.
We recently saw Turner with his high school team, where he’s been nothing short of dominant throughout the current season, and stated, “The long, wiry, athletic forward prospect continues to showcase a strong two-way presence for this Southwest team. He piles up deflections and causes an abundance of problems defensively, but also scores reliably from all three levels. Turner is capable of creating for himself, but often finds himself moving without the ball and spotting-up along the perimeter. He’s quite valuable to this team, as he’s able to consistently add a necessary scoring punch. Turner continues to lead the team in scoring and rebounding.” Turner has been quite impressive on both sides of the floor, setting the tone defensively, aggressively outworking opponents, and scoring from wherever he desires. It’s difficult to try and fathom how Turner doesn’t hold more offers, but that’s certain to change within the final months of this high school season.