Chris Turner, a 6-foot-5 guard that played this past season at Humble Christian (Texas) Life Center, has signed at National Letter-of-Intent to attend and play basketball at East Carolina University beginning this fall announced head coach Mack McCarthy on Thursday.
“Chris is an energizing addition to Pirate Basketball,” said McCarthy. “He gives us a dimension that we lack—someone who creates his own scoring opportunities. An outstanding athlete, Chris will make an immediate impact on the East Carolina program. We welcome him to our basketball family.”
Turner, a native of Durham, N.C., helped lead Humble Christian to a 31-10 record this past season, averaging 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals along the way. He was ranked as the 10th best prospect from Texas by rivals.com.
“I felt this was the best fit and best situation for me,” Turner said. “Everybody knows that basketball is a big deal in North Carolina and it means a lot for me to be able to play there.”
“He is a pure shooter and there is no conceivable distance in which he can’t make a shot,” said HCLC coach Carlos Wilson. “What makes him so dynamic is his athleticism. He can get to the basket and finish above the rim. He is just as good on the defensive end as the offensive end. He relishes the challenges of defending the opponent’s top guard. He is the total package.”
Turner is the Pirates’ second signee of the spring and third of the season. Georgia prep standout Darrius Morrow signed a scholarship earlier this week, while Greenville native Raheem Smith inked his NLI during the fall signing period.