RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head coach Mark Gottfried announced the addition of Ralston Turner, a 6-6 guard from Muscle Shoals, Ala., to the Wolfpack program. Turner has signed a financial aid agreement and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012-13 season under NCAA transfer rules.
“Ralston is a young man I’ve known for quite a while,” Gottfried said. “He’s a excellent shooter and a very good overall perimeter player. We are very happy to have him join us.”
Turner spent his first two seasons at LSU, playing in 60 games with 59 starting assignments for the Tigers. As a sophomore, Turner averaged 9.1 points per game while hitting .372 (51-of-137) of his attempts from beyond the arc.
As a freshman, Turner led the Tigers in scoring, averaging 12.3 ppg while playing 29.0 minutes a game. He scored in double figures 18 times during his rookie season, including seven straight double figure contests in SEC action. For his efforts, Turner earned All-SEC Freshman Team honors despite missing the first five conference games of the season due to injury.
At Muscle Shoals High School, Turner scored 2,502 career points in 148 games for an average of 16.9 ppg. He also made 247 three-pointers and recorded 263 blocks. Turner was a three-time All-State selection and twice named the Florence Times Daily Player of the Year. In 2010, he garnered the Birmingham Tipoff Club’s Player of the Year honors.