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.

By Paul M. Banks

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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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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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Ride Ends for Scarlet and Gray: Buckeyes Season Over

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By Paul M. Banks and Hans Hetrick

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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.

Live Blogging his Royal Smoothness Ohio St.’s Evan Turner

Midwest Swing: Championship & Selection Sunday Edition

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By Paul M. Banks

CHICAGO- I’m back in my hometown and I’ve now had a whole day to take in all that transpired on Championship/Selection Sunday. “The Chi” is also home to Kansas’ Sherron Collins and Ohio State’s Evan Turner, two of the five members of the United States Basketball Writers Association All-America Team. Just announced today. I voted for both in my USBWA ballot.

Turner absolutely took over the Big Ten Tournament this past weekend, and we were treated to the greatest individual performance in tournament history. On Friday, in the Big Ten quarterfinals, his 40-foot buzzer beater to eliminate Michigan was the lead national story in almost every sports outlet.

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OSU’s Evan Turner is a polarizing figure

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By Paul M. Banks

INDIANAPOLIS- Big Ten player of the year, and likely national player of the year Evan Turner has become quite the polarizing figure this weekend. The Ohio State swing-man made magical memories for OSU fans on his way to becoming Big Ten tournament MVP. But he also angered many partisans of the teams who were vanquished by the Ohio State Buckeyes; en route to their tournament championship.

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Evan Turner Headlines my USBWA Ballot

By Paul M. Banks

My first ever United States Basketball Writers Association ballot! Which includes voting for an all-district team (the Upper Midwest of course!), All-American team, national freshman of the year, coach of the year, and player of the year. In addition, the ballot includes player and coach of the year, for the district. Remember college basketball is bigger than Jesus to me, so here’s the list of who I tried to help canonize this winter.

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Ohio State/Michigan State Preview: Big Ten Battle

By Jeff Ghiringhelli

Two of the Big Ten’s best teams and players will clash tomorrow afternoon when Michigan State hosts Ohio State. The matchup everyone will have their eye on is between Player of the Year candidates Kalin Lucas and Evan Turner. Lucas appears to be almost fully recovered from the sprained ankle he suffered at Wisconsin, as he has averaged 18.5 points and five assists in the last two games.
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Illini vs. Buckeyes: Battle to be tied with Michigan St.

By Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt

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