Evan Marcel Turner
As if coming from Chicago's troubled South Side wasn't enough to overcome, it was the first of Evan Turner's troubles. In the first year of his life, he endured chicken pox, pneumonia, asthma, and measles. At the age of three, he was hit by a car. Oversized baby teeth and an overbite caused a speech impediment. A fighter by nature, Evan turned tragedy into triumph. He found basketball in middle school. A star studded Chicago class gave him the competitive drive all athletes crave. By the end of his senior year, he had multiple Division one offers.
Evan committed to Ohio State University. He excelled in his three years there winning a laundry list of awards, including the prized John Wooden Award. He declared for the 2010 NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers took him with the second pick. He played four years in Philly, establishing himself as a solid pro. After a troubled stint in Indiana with the Pacers, Evan continued looking for an NBA home. He proved once more his value in Boston and earned a four-year $70 million contract to play for the Portland Trailblazers.
- In his junior year at OSU, Evan won the Wooden, Naismith, Robertson, Fox Sports, NABC, TSN, and AP Player of the Year awards, nearly sweeping all of the major players of the year awards
- Turner’s collegiate number, 21, was retired by Ohio State in 2016
- Evan was one of many teammates to clash with Lance Stephenson. The two got into a fistfight in the 2014 playoffs
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