Turner leads OSU to win over Purdue; re-enters Player of the Year discussion
After missing six games with a broken back, Evan Turner has returned to the court this week. So many opposing coaches and NBA scouts were wondering how Turner would play. Would he return to his former-self where he averaged 20.5 points, 13 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game or would he be hesitant to return to his aggressive form? But tonight, his third game back from injury, Turner answered these questions. Against Purdue, the nation's #6 team, known for their outstanding, physical defense, Turner went off for 32 points, shooting 11-for-21 from the field and 9-of-10 from the foul line. He also chimed in by leading his team with 9 rebounds. If he can have this sort of impact, while still getting 100% healthy, playing away at Purdue, against one of the best defensive teams in the nation, one has to wonder what Turner can do later in the season when he is completely healthy. If Ohio State is able to regain its old form (9-2 with Turner; 3-3 without) now that Turner has returned to the lineup, not only will they be a team to watch out for in Big Ten play, but a team to be weary of come Tournament time. National Player of the Year award voters- welcome back Evan Turner.
By Corey Ruff - President - 1-13-10