COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In addition to garnering First Team All-SEC honors, Texas A&M senior guard Elston Turner has been recognized by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association with a selection to the All-District VII Team.
Joining Turner on the All-District VII Team were Isaiah Austin (Baylor), Fred Hunter, Nicholls State), Pierre Jackson (Baylor), Johnny O'Bryant III (LSU), Marshawn Powell (Arkansas), Taylor Smith (Stephen F. Austin), TaShawn Thomas (Houston), B.J. Young (Arkansas) and Joseph Young (Houston).
Michael White of Louisiana Tech was named District VII Coach of the Year while Baylor’s Jackson was honored as District VII Player of the Year.
A native of Sacramento, Calif., Turner was the Aggies’ top scorer all season long, leading the squad and ranking third in the SEC with a 17.5 point per game average. During SEC play, Turner stepped his game up to rank second in the conference with a 19.4 scoring average. For the season, he shot .426 from the field, while maintaining a .361 shooting percentage from beyond the 3-point arc.
Turner, who garnered honorable mention All-Big 12 honors a year ago, also ranked second on the Aggies with 74 assists, while also contributing 31 steals and seven blocked shots.
Among the many memorable games Turner produced this season was an incredible 40-point outburst during Jan. 12th‘s victory at defending national champion Kentucky. Making 14-of-19 shots from the floor, including six 3-pointers, Turner became just the third player to score 40 points against the Wildcats at historic Rupp Arena, joining LSU's Chris Jackson and Navy's David Robinson. Additionally, he became the first Aggie to crack the 40-point mark since Don Marbury put up 41 against Baylor on Jan. 5, 1985.
Turner, who accumulated 10 games of 20 or more points during the year, also left his impression on the Reed Arena record book, setting the arena record for most points in a men’s game not once, but twice this year. During a win over Ole Miss on Feb. 13, Turner poured in an amazing 37 points to break the previous Reed Arena scoring record, which had been held by Baylor's Curtis Jerrells, who scored 36 during a five-overtime contest on Jan. 23, 2008.
The record stood for just 10 days as Turner was at it again on Feb. 23 when he notched 38 points during a four-overtime thriller against Tennessee.
USBWA ALL-DISTRICT VII TEAM
Isaiah Austin, Baylor
Fred Hunter, Nicholls State
Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas
Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin
TaShawn Thomas, Houston
Elston Turner, Texas A&M
B.J. Young, Arkansas
Joseph Young, Houston
District VII Coach of the Year: Michael White, Louisiana Tech
District VII Player of the Year: Pierre Jackson, Baylor