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Friday, December 31, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men's head basketball coach Cy Alexander has announced that Larry Turner, a 6-11, 240-pound center, from the University of Oklahoma will be joining the Tigers as a transfer. Turner will enroll at TSU for the spring semester and be eligible to play for TSU following the completion of the 2005 fall semester. He will be a junior in eligibility. As a high school player at Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, Ga., he was a highly-recruited player. He attended prep school at Bridgton (Maine) Academy for a year prior to signing with Oklahoma. Turner is regarded as a mobile and aggressive post player who excels on the defensive end. He has proven to be a consistent shot blocker. Offensively, he has done most of his scoring around the basket, but has worked to develop a mid-range jump shot. As a three-year letterman at Baldwin High, he averaged 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 7.0 block shots his senior season. In his year at Bridgton, he also averaged 16.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, and 5.0 blocked shots a game. At Oklahoma, he played in the first six games his freshman year before suffering an injury. In 2003-04, he played in 30 games, making six starts, including five down the stretch of the season. He averaged 3.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in the final portion of the season. He twice scored 13 points in games against Prairie View and Texas Tech. Turner is the son of Robert and Desiree King and Larry Thomas. He will major in mass communications at TSU.