Evan Turner of the Ohio State men’s basketball team announced today that he is skipping his senior year and entering the NBA draft. I’m sorry to see him go, because I think Turner is a good guy who has been a diligent student and good representative of the University — as well as being an exceptionally talented basketball player. Among other things, Turner has befriended a high school kid who lives in New Albany, for whom he has served as a mentor and role model.
Much as I would selfishly like to have Turner stay with the Buckeyes and lead them for another season, it is hard to argue with his decision. He won a carload of awards and honors this year and is projected to be a top 3 choice in the NBA draft. Under the NBA set up, if Turner is a top 3 choice he will make more than $7 million in his first two years in the league. How can you expect a kid to turn down the chance to earn such a potentially life-changing amount of money, and run the risk of some horrible injury that could make that money vanish like a puff of smoke in a stiff breeze?
Besides, although Even Turner will be gone physically, he will live on in the memories of Buckeyes fans — especially for his game-ending shot to beat Michigan in this year’s Big Ten tournament.
Thanks, Evan — you will always be a Buckeye!