Houston-area high school basketball fans may have a new star to root for this coming season.
It appears the decision of new Rockets head coach Rick Adelman to hire Elston Turner as an assistant coach may well have an impact on the local high school scene. Turner's son, Elston Turner Jr., is expected to join his father in the move and play out his senior season here in Houston.
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The 6'4" guard averaged 22 points and nearly eight rebounds a game last season for the Tigers of Roseville High School outside Sacramento. He has verbally committed to play at the University of Washington.
Turner Jr. told the Roseville Press Tribune he would like to finish out his prep school career at Roseville High, but Papa Turner has other ideas.
"There's good basketball in Houston," Elston, Sr. told the Press Tribune. "Elston will play with and against good players, maybe even against players with better skills than here (in Roseville). Those are advantages that he just can't see right now."
Turner Sr. is no stranger to the Lone Star State, having played three out of eight seasons in the NBA with Dallas. -- Chris Vogel