Despite working his way back from a broken wrist on his shooting hand, 2015 Sparkman (Ala.) High School guard Lamonte Turner hasn’t stopped working to improve his game.
Turner has received interest from various schools since the AAU season ended.
Playing up in the 16U age bracket during the July AAU period this summer, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound sophomore was able to play his natural position after playing elsewhere on the 15U team.
“The 16U game got a lot faster, I was playing the point a lot more because I’m a stronger guard,” said Turner, who suited up for the Georgia Stars. “It was alright once I got used to the speed. I’m more of a point guard, when I was playing 15U we had a lot of smaller guards so it forced me to play off the ball more.”
The southern guard worked on improving his defense against the older players, and talking on the court, no matter what end he was on. Turner has continued to work throughout the summer into the fall in order to contribute once the high school season rolls around.
“We bring back eight seniors so hopefully it goes pretty well, we’re trying to win and get a ring this year,” said Turner. “I’m actually starting this year so I’m not sure how many minutes I’ll be getting but hopefully I’ll be able to play a good amount.”
Sparkman head coach Jamie Coggins backup his 15-year-old’s statements, elaborating on what type of game Turner has.
“He passes the ball extremely well, sees the floor very well,” explained Coggins. “He can put it on the floor and shoot it, he really just makes plays. He’s only 15, so he’s still learning the game but has great instincts for the game and had a bright future ahead of him.”
Colleges have begun to take notice as Mississippi State, South Carolina, Auburn, UAB, Alabama and Penn State have all expressed interest, with some even heading down to catch open gym workouts.
“Penn State was down here, Coach Eugene Burroughs, just telling me he liked me or whatever, telling me what was going to make the difference of being one of the top ranked point guards in the country,” recalled Turner. “He liked my strength, agility and speed, said that’s what I should keep working on. They’re going to keep in touch.”
Coggins would like to see Turner put on some weight, as is the case with most young players, but it isn’t due to lack of effort.
“I'd say his best quality is his willingness to work hard and be a leader,” admitted Coggins. “On our team, as a sophomore, he's the hardest worker in our program.
“He works at it, very passionate about basketball, it means a lot to him and is going to do whatever he can do to be the best he can be.”