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April 15, 2010 at 4:51 PM

More From Romar on Turner and Why Players Transfer

Coach Lorenzo Romar met with a handful of local media today to talk about sophomore Elston Turner, who decided to transfer. Here’s some of that interview.
(Where you surprised?) “I was surprised, but not shocked. It didn’t blow me away.”
(Why?) “Because we’ve had conversations before. This wasn’t the first time we’ve talked. We’ve talked before. You look across the Pac-10 and across the country, this is an age where kids transfer. It starts in the sixth grade, AAU teams they don’t like what they see, you go to another team. With our program now where we’ve been fortunate enough to get better and recruit a high-level player that’s just something that we may see from time to time. Guys transferring.”
(Does everybody think about transferring?) “Other than Jon Brockman, I don’t know if there’s many that haven’t talked about it at one time or another. The day something goes wrong or the week something goes wrong, that thought crosses people’s minds. A lot of times it’s not necessarily the player it’s some other people talking about what you need to be doing. I think the era that we’re in today, it happens quite a bit.
“It’s amazing to me. I’ll get calls in November, a kid is a freshman somewhere. Hey just letting you know so and so is unhappy at his school. It’s November. He’s a freshman. He just got there. I’ve had guys say when they sign that’s not going to work. He won’t be there long. You watch. You mark my words. And these are people in this kid’s camp. So it’s just something that goes around quite a bit. So it’s not uncommon at all to talk about it let alone for kids to transfer.”
(Is there something happening with kids that makes them want to transfer?) “The potential to be able to go to the NBA much sooner and the type of money that’s made. There are a whole lot of others that get invested in someone’s career. I think that has a lot to do with it. I think in the summer, the culture. A lot of times kids are having home visits in the eighth grade. Not from college coaches, but from travel teams and so on and so forth. It’s just kind of a way of thinking.
“With that being said, I wouldn’t put Elston in that category. I wouldn’t put him in that category of listening to all kinds of outside influences. … There are times when kids leave with hard feelings and I got to get out of there and they didn’t treat me right. I don’t think that’s the case with Elston. I just think it was I want to look for another opportunity where I’ll have more of a chance to blossom.
Justin Dentmon thought that way when he was younger and it worked out. It crossed Quincy (Pondexter’s) mind and it worked out. The ones that persevere it usually works out for them if they have talent.”
(Do you explain that to your players?) “It depends on who they are. Bobby Jones came in and said coach I’m thinking of transferring his sophomore year. Bobby didn’t want to transfer, but someone had gotten to him. You need to have more shots and all that. And I knew that. Bobby, c’mon. And he never talked about it again. There are some others that once they say it, they need to go.”
— Has Terrence Jones narrowed his list? Maybe so. According to, the Portland standout recruit has reduced his favorites to three: Kentucky, Oregon and Washington. Not exactly in that order. The schools eliminated would be Oklahoma and UCLA.
— I saw this being discussed on a thread of an earlier post, but for those who may have missed it North Carolina-bound guard Kendall Marshall tweeted he believes Jones and Terrence Ross are headed to Washington. Marshall predicted the futures of eight high-profile recruits. So far, he’s been right on three and wrong on one. The other four are still uncommitted.
— Not sure what to make of this, but Jones and Ross will announce their college choice together, according to
— The 2010 Jordan Brand All-American teams were announced today. Jones is paired on the West team with Kentwood star Joshua Smith. The game is Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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