CARROLLTON, Ga. – As West Georgia men’s basketball continues on a path to the 2017-18 regular season, we continue to take a look at the newcomers to the UWG roster this year with our “Meet the Wolves” feature. Today, we take a look at junior Paul Turner.
Turner, a 6-5 swingman from Chicago, Ill., spent his first two collegiate basketball seasons playing for the College of Central Florida Patriots after signing originally with Division Wisconsin-Green Bay. He will join the Wolves after the conclusion of the fall semester and will see his first action at home on December 11 against the Virgin Islands.
“Paul Turner is a very hard working tough basketball player who plays hard on both ends of the floor,” said head coach Michael Cooney. “He's a very humble player who values his coaches and teammates, and we love his motor and the competitive personality he brings to the team.”
Turner started his collegiate career averaging 7.1 points per game as a freshman for the Patriots, but he scored in double-figures in 11 of 31 games in 2015-16 and recorded a season-high 17 against Southern Idaho on December 5, 2015. In that year, he was a lock from the free-throw line, hitting 82.5 percent from the charity stripe.
As a sophomore, Turner was a workhorse for the Patriots, and was third in the nation in NJCAA basketball, averaging 35 minutes per game. He averaged 17.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his second collegiate season. Turner was 49th in the nation from the free-throw line, hitting from the line at an 83.2 percent clip.
“Winning is very important to Paul, and he is a very versatile player who fits into our style of play perfectly,” Cooney said. “We expect that he will be an impact player for us this year.”
Turner’s game-by-game numbers in 2016-17 were impressive, as he started all 29 games where he played for the Patriots, scoring in double-figures in 27 of those contests. He scored at least 20 in 10 games as a sophomore, including hitting for 45 against Miami Dade College, which was just three-points shy of the College of Central Florida school single-game record. That helped him to earn First Team All-Mid Florida honors in his second season of collegiate basketball.
While Turner will join the team in December, the Wolves will open the season this weekend, taking on the Miles Golden Bears on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in the GSC/SIAC Challenge at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. West Georgia will play again on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the challenge, taking on Tuskegee in that contest.