Hilarious Twitter Smackdown between Evan Turner and Purdue Student Section

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Former Ohio State legend Evan Turner has already completed his first NBA Summer league, but that hasn’t stopped the fans of his old Big Ten rivals from still talking smack at him online. I guess when you shoot just 33%, and your play doesn’t come anywhere close to living up to your hype during the five game NBA summer season,  detractors will come out of the woodwork. Including whomever runs the Twitter account for The Paint Crew, Purdue’s student cheering section.

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By Paul M. Banks

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Evan Turnover? TOs and Strength Turner’s Weaknesses

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I truly was blessed this past season and post-season to have had the opportunity to closely cover college basketball’s most decorated player in Ohio State’s Evan Turner. “His Royal Smoothness” as we like to call him, won the Wooden, the Naismith and pretty much every other national college basketball player of the year award. We all know how good he is; he’ll be the second guy picked by Philadelphia in this June’s NBA Draft after John Wall goes first overall to Washington.

We’ve already heard all about his many strengths. And he could very well be the next Scottie Pippen, but he’s still far from perfect. As transcendent as his game seems at times, there are still some flaws.

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Evan Turner named Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year

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No big surprise here-

Evan Turner, the consensus national player of the year in men’s basketball, has been named the 2009-10 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, the department of athletics announced Thursday. Turner swept the 2010 college basketball season player of the year awards after claiming the Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award, as well as the USBWA, Associated Press and NABC POY awards. The junior guard also was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player at the annual Big Ten Tournament, which the Buckeyes captured with a win over Minnesota.

He’s also passed up Erin Andrews, Adam Burish, Tom Izzo, Bruce Weber and Ozzie Guillen to easily become the most written about individual in The Sports Bank history.

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Flaws in Evan Turner’s Game

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By Paul M. Banks

I truly was blessed this past season and post-season to have had the opportunity to closely cover college basketball’s most decorated player in Ohio State’s Evan Turner. “His Royal Smoothness” as we like to call him, won the Wooden, the Naismith and pretty much every other national college basketball player of the year award.  We all know how good he is; he’ll likely be the first or second guy picked in this June’s NBA Draft after Kentucky’s John Wall goes first overall.

We’ve already heard all about his many strengths. And he could very well be the next Scottie Pippen, but he’s still far from perfect. As transcendent as his game seems at times, there are still some flaws.

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Evan “His Royal Smoothness” Turner brings home the Wooden

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By Paul M. Banks

The most written about athlete in The Sports Bank history brings home another award, the Wooden award honoring the nation’s best player also went back home to Chicago. Turner has swept all the national player of the year awards including the Naismith trophy.

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The Villain Evan Turner declares for NBA Draft

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No big shocker here. The most written about single athlete in The Sports Bank’s history will forgo his senior season at Ohio State to declare for the NBA Draft.

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His Royal Smoothness Evan Turner wins Naismith!

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How cool is this? Someone we’ve written about and interviewed extensively during the season, and postseason. And who happens to be from the same city where this website is headquartered wins the most prestigious award in college basketball!

Becomes the First Ohio State Player Ever to Win Prestigious Award

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Ride Ends for Scarlet and Gray: Buckeyes Season Over

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By Paul M. Banks and Hans Hetrick

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Can Ohio State go all the way?

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Katie Witham, Ohio State reporter for the Big Ten Network, discusses OSU potential with fellow Buckeye expert Paul M. Banks

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(PMB) The Buckeyes have been placed into my regional each of the past 3 weekends, so after spending so much quality time with Thad Matta lately, (this following a season covering two Big Ten teams: Illinois and Northwestern) I sort of feel like I’ve earned my Master’s in OSU b-ball, and I may be a doctoral candidate if they reach Indy. I imagine, due to your work with the Big Ten Network, you’re maybe in the same place?ohio state buckeyes

(KW) Definitely!  But we’re being paid to watch and talk about sports so can we really complain?! I consider myself extremely fortunate to be doing what I’m doing.  Ohio State is known for their excellence in all of their athletic programs and Thad Matta is one of most amiable and genuine coaches I have ever had the chance to interview.

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Iman Shumpert on All-Evan Turner BFF team

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By Paul M. Banks

As I’ve pointed out before, National Player of the Year Evan Turner is like the Hillary Clinton of college basketball: quite a polarizing figure. Fans of teams eliminated by Turner’s Ohio State Buckeyes HATE him. And as the tournament rolls on, this bandwagon will indeed pick up more steam.

But on the other side, he’s also Mr. Popularity. He told me after the Big Ten Tournament Michigan buzzer beater, he had 150 text messages waiting for him when he got back to the locker room. And of his many close friends, a few are college hoops stars.

In the past I profiled (click where highlighted to read more about Turner’s friendship with each player) Illinois Demetri McCamey, and Penn State’s Talor Battle. This week we add Georgia Tech’s native of Oak Park, IL Iman Shumpert. And if you had Turner himself to this team, we’ll just need a fifth to round out the All-Turner BFF team.

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Evan Turner wins Oscar Robertson Trophy: Chicago, OSU Rejoices!

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He was my choice on my USBWA ballot. It really looks like the Wooden and Naismith award are his for the taking now. Kentucky’s John Wall claims freshman of the year. For more on that scroll down
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Ohio State guard/forward Evan Turner as the winner of the 2009-10 Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the National Player of the Year.
The 6-7, 210-pound junior from Chicago, Ill., was the consensus choice by voters in all nine geographical districts of the USBWA. Turner becomes the first national player of the year from Ohio State since Jerry Lucas won his second straight USBWA Player of the Year award in 1962. Turner is also the first Big Ten player to win the honor since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson in 1994.
Turner will be presented with the Oscar Robertson Trophy by its namesake Oscar Robertson at the USBWA’s annual College Basketball Awards Breakfast on Friday, April 2 at 8 a.m. at The Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four. For tickets to the awards breakfast, visit the USBWA website, usbwa.com.

Ohio State’s Dallas Lauderdale could be “League” someday

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By Paul M. Banks

With all the attention on Naismith Award favorite Evan Turner, a few Ohio State Buckeyes often go overlooked. And there are three on the current squad who have a good chance of joining Turner in the NBA in the next couple of years. So I took it upon myself to profile and interview the forgotten Buckeyes. First feature is on the big man, Dallas Lauderdale.

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