Former Laney basketball player heads to Texas Tech



Robert Turner isn’t going to be much closer to Augusta next season, but locals will be able to pick up a remote to catch some of his games.

The former Laney basketball player will head to Texas Tech for this upcoming season. Turner, most recently at New Mexico Junior College, has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“It’s always been a dream to play Division I basketball, no matter where it’s at,” Turner said. “It’s a dream come true – that’s all I’ve been thinking about – a dream come true.”

Turner, who averaged 13 points per game for the Wild­cats as a senior for the 2010-11 season, scored 9.8 points per game this season at New Mexico Junior College.

He will now suit up for Tubby Smith, who will be in his first season as the Red Raiders’ coach. Smith, previously the head coach at Min­nesota, won a national championship at Kentucky in 1998.

“It’s going to be great,” Turner said. “He’s a coach with a lot of experience. He’s a legend. I know he’s going to lead me on the right path.”

Smith and Turner join a program that went 11-20 this season, but Turner is hoping he and his new coach will turn it around.

“It’s just getting out there and getting started, to get the program on the right track,” he said.


NORTH AUGUSTA TRIO: Three North Augusta students celebrated their signings Monday.

Swimmer Eric Collins, who won state titles in the 200 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke as a senior, will go to Navy. Tavarez Hall signed with St. Augustine’s for basketball, and Zach Wilson chose USC Sumter for baseball.

Collins chose Navy for the opportunity and challenge he would find there.

“I’m very excited. If you told me I could leave tomorrow, I would,” he said.