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Van Turner opens three-point shooting for No. 10 Queens Royals
Transfer guard adds to perimeter accuracy
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:17 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Van Turner gives Queens an added dimension as a three-point shooter.

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For Van Turner, basketball is simple. Just shoot.

Queens recruited perimeter firepower with the junior guard, who transferred from College of Central Florida. Coach Bart Lundy, who led the Royals to a school-best 32-4 record and an Elite Eight appearance last year, added Turner to replace the perimeter presence of Mike Davis and Todd Withers, who combined for 172 of the Royals’ 353 three-point baskets last season.

“I just want to make it far, cut some nets down, and win some rings this year,” Turner said.

Said senior forward Shaun Willett: “I already knew from [playing at Indian River State College] with Van that he was a straight sniper. I knew that once he got in the game it was really just over with. I tell him every single time he gets the ball just shoot the ball, because I’m going to get the rebound if he misses. Nine times out of 10, he’s going to make it anyway. I just make sure that he knows to just keep shooting because he’s got the green light.”

Turner shoots 60 percent from beyond the arc, making 18-of-30 threes in their first five games. As a team, the Royals (4-1) are shooting 45.7 percent (53-of-116) as a team. His best performance came in a 90-73 win against West Georgia (1-2): 6-of-9 from three-point range, and a career-high 20 points. Turner is third on the team in scoring with 65 points although he has started only two of five appearances.

“He can hit six or eight threes in a game,” Lundy said. “It opens it up. We are really good at driving the basketball, but you need people who are going to stretch the defense. Van is as good as I’ve seen at that.”

Turner’s presence creates space to junior point guard Daniel Carr to facilitate. Carr is second to Turner from three-point range, shooting 12-of-24.

“It opens the game up so much, because you have to respect him as a shooter,” said Carr, who leads the Royals with 96 points. “It spaces the floor out. When I’m getting downhill, I’ve just been able to make kicks to Van or to Blake [Morrow], or really anybody who can shoot. It really helps to have sniper shooters like that.”

During his sophomore season at College of Central Florida, Turner made 96 threes, with 10 against Snow Community College. He was second on the in scoring at 12.8 points per game.

“Growing up, me and my pops always played shooting games,” Turner said. “Shooting always kind of came naturally. It’s not really anything I try to focus on. I just try to make the right plays. If it’s me passing the ball, getting my teammates in the right position, or shooting, whatever I can do to help us win, that’s what I want to do.”


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