Elkins senior a 'chip off the ol' block'

January 23, 2008 5:27:09 AM PST
You've heard the old saying 'He's a chip off the old block.' Out at Elkins High School, the Knights have one of those. He started dribbling a basketball as soon as he could walk. That happens when your dad played in the NBA and is now a coach. Elston Turner, Jr., son of Rockets Assistant Coach Elston Turner, Sr., is turning head for the Elkins knights.

"He understands the game in a lot of different areas, not just scoring, but rebounding, defense," said Elkins Head Coach Albert Thomas. "You can tell he's been coached by his dad."

Turner is an Elkins senior, the new kid on the block. But he couldn't have fit in any better. Number 21 is averaging 15 points a game and he's a big reason why the knights are 20-3 and tied for the district lead.

"It was tough," said Turner. "I had a lot of friends back in Sacramento. I miss them. You have to move on. That's what my dad says. In the NBA., people get traded. So if they get traded, they're going to leave everything, so he got use to it."

"He hated to leave," said the elder Turner. "He was a senior. That's tough to for any kid to do, leave your senior year. But if you want to eat, you've got to follow dad."

The Knights are the defending district champs. They were going to be good anyway. The addition of Turner just made them that much better.

"If there had to be extra piece of the puzzle, he would e the piece we needed. I'm not saying we weren't complete, but he's a good fit for the team," said teammate Devin White.

Turner's already committed to play at the University of Washington. After moving across country for his senior year, college will be a slam dunk.

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