Myles Turner was a late bloomer, but has been turning heads for over two years now. Today, he stands one week away from being selected in the lottery of the NBA Draft. At the ASM Sports Pro Day at Impact Basketball in Vegas, he showed off some of the strides that he’s made since his college career ended. Turner exhibited a much improved ability to run the floor, explosive athleticism, and the ability to stroke it out to the NBA three point line. These three things have him firmly sitting in the top-10 of next week’s Draft.
Here is an interview that we did with Turner’s trainer, Drew Moore:
CityLeagueHoops: What have you really been focusing on with Myles in the pre-draft process?
Drew Moore: We’ve bene working on his mid-range shooting. He can shoot it out to NBA three, but we worked out from mid-range. Improving his overall strength was important. Scoring one on one in the low post against defenders. Simple isolation moves and their counters too.
CLH: What do you think that he’s going to surprise teams with in workouts?
DM: His shooting. He didn’t do a whole lot of that last year. Also, how explosive he is. He moves well up and down, and also contesting shots. I think he moves better than people realize. He will be a defensive factor right away and he can make an open shot.
CLH: A lot of people were really concerned with Myles’ mobility and ability to run the floor. Was that an area of concern for you?
DM: It was a concern that we heard from evaluators. His biomechanics were great. He was medically cleared and we put in extensive work on how he runs. Naturally he’s a 19-year old kid who is going to get stronger. As he develops a better core, the body is going to improve how it runs. We broke it down to every basic movement.
CLH: What do you think is going to make Myles Turner a successful NBA player?
DM: His sheer size and explosiveness are going to make him successful in the league. He’s at a point where he’s going to get a lot better in all facets of his game. Your’e going to be able to teach him a lot and he’s going to get lot better.