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Texas Freshman Myles Turner Declares for the NBA Draft

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Heralded University of Texas freshman Myles Turner announced on Monday via Youtube that he will enter the upcoming NBA Draft which takes place in June. Turner’s decision comes the day after head coach Rick Barnes and Texas officially parted ways after 18 years.

Turner, a 5-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American from Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game with the Longhorns. His 89 blocks this season led the Longhorns.

Turner chose to play college basketball at Texas over schools like Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma State and many others. Now he will have an opportunity to showcase his talent at the next level.

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While it can be argued that Turner wasn’t as polished in games as Texas fans expected to see, his upside in the NBA is undeniable. Turner is projected to be a top-15 draft pick with a strong potential to be selected as a lottery pick.

Turner left Longhorn fans with this message via Twitter:

— Written by Aaron Carrara, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and co-publisher of HornSports.com (and @HornSports), your source for Texas sports and recruiting news.