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April 30, 2014

2014's last five-star stays in-state

THE RIVALS150: Class of 2014 - Class of 2015

It took until the end of April in their senior year, but all of the five-star prospects in the class of 2014 are off the board. Myles Turner finally took himself off the market on Wednesday afternoon.

During an ESPNU televised press conference at Euless (Tex.) Trinity, the 6-foot-11 center who ranks No. 9 overall in the class of 2014 ended his recruitment by announcing that he will stay home to play his college ball for Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns.

"I am excited to be a part of the men's basketball program at the University of Texas, baby," Turner said. "Hook em."

By now, pretty much everybody knows Turner story. He missed the summer before his junior year due to injury and then thanks to both a physical growth spurt and exponential improvement as a player, he became one of the most highly sought after players in the country between his junior and senior year.

"There were a lot of things that went into this decision," Turner said. "This was never a straight shot here to the University of Texas. I've had great coaches come through and recruit me throughout the whole process."

With his near seven-foot size and ability to play on both ends of the floor, Turner is an impressive prospect. He shoots with regularity and accuracy from the mid range and can even step out to make some three-pointers. He has bulked up to 240 pounds and worked to improve his low-post game while serving as a rim protector and above-average rebounder on the defensive end of the floor.

All throughout Turner's recruitment, it was speculated that distance from home would eventually play a major factor and his decision certainly helped indicate that. But, it isn't as if Turner only picked Texas because of proximity. The Longhorns staff led by assistant Chris Ogden had to overcome an interesting set of circumstances. Early in Turner's recruitment other schools would suggest that Barnes was in danger of getting fired and then by the end of the 2013-14 season the argument against Texas became that the Longhorns had too much talent in the frontcourt.

Make no mistake about it, Texas is now set in the frontcourt. Adding Turner to a mix that already included Cameron Ridley, Johnathan Holmes, Conner Lammert and Prince Ibeh gives the Longhorns a pretty formidable group, perhaps only passed by Kentucky in terms of depth and ability.

Now that Turner has committed, Texas owns a recruiting group that is small in number but rich in talent. Turner joins four-star small forward Jordan Barnett to make up the Longhorns 2014 recruiting class.

Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.



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