Ran into Elston Turner, Jr. (left) last night. The former Husky, who spent two years at Washington before transferring to Texas A&M, said a part of him was pulling for the his former team during UW’s 63-62 defeat.
Here’s the interview.
(Was it difficult watching the game?) “A little because I was there for the last two years. Even though I wasn’t playing, it kind of felt like I was because of the atmosphere of the fans and how both teams wanted to win. It was tough.”
(Was a part of you rooting for Washington?) “Yeah there was. They hit some tough shots. Especially C.J. (Wilcox) Every time he shot it, I was like yeah that’s in. I had a feeling when it was going in when Scott (Suggs) hit that shot off the dribble, I could just tell it was going in. So yeah there were times when I was pulling for them, but now that the game is over I can really pull for them like I had been all year.”
(Do you ever play the what-if game? What if you stayed? What would UW look like with you in the lineup?)
“At times. If anybody has been in the position I’m in, they are going to play the what-if game especially when you’re watching them on TV all the time and stuff like that. You got to look at it like that was then and this is now kind of thing. I had a great two years at UW and now I’ve moved on to a new journey.”
(How has it been sitting out?) “It’s been tough. The parts when I’m watching the game and they go a couple of minutes without scoring or little areas where I know I can help them, I’m sitting on the bench helpless and can’t really do anything but try to get them going just by words or encouragement or stuff like that. For the most part I feel great being with the team. I got a lot better. In all aspects of the game. Just being closer to home and being around people who I went to high school with and been with for a couple of years, it feels pretty good.”
(Seems like you’re going to fit in nicely because you’re a scorer and A&M needs someone who can shoot.) “Yeah. That’s what they want me to do. Next year we lose five seniors and B.J. Holmes is one of them and he starts at the two. Nate Walkup is another and the two together they bring at least 20-30 points a game. So it feels like a pretty good point where I can step in and help the team out and pick up where left off.”
(Have you been back to Seattle since you left?) “Not yet. I plan to be there soon. I know I’ll be there all summer.”
(Really?) “Oh yeah. I love Seattle. It’s one of the best places ever. I love it.”
(So if you love it so much, then why did you leave?) “It was more of a basketball thing. Pretty much it was a basketball decision. It had nothing to do with the city or the school or the people. Everything was great there. It was just a basketball thing that I had to do.”
(Remind me again what were the reasons. I remember you wanting a bigger role other than being a spot-up shooter.) “Yeah. Just a way where I can affect the game other than just being a three-point shooter. The offense here is perfect. You’re always moving around and curling, going to the basket, coming off of on-ball screens. And our defense is very good too. Everybody has a part in the offense and that’s the kind of offense that suits me.”