COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore Evan Turner was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection Tuesday. The 6-foot-7-inch guard from Chicago led the Buckeyes to an appearance in the Big Ten Championship game and a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Siena and ended their season with a 22-11 overall record.
Turner is the first All-America selection for Ohio State since Greg Oden was a consensus first team pick in 2007. The Buckeyes now boast 22 All-America nods, the last three under head coach Thad Matta.
Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Turner was one of nine players nationally to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. He finished the year averaging 17.3 ppg, 7.1 rbg and 4.0 apg, while tallying 58 steals. Turner also has played the second-most minutes, made the most field goals and free throws.
With 572 points over 33 games this season, he joined Ohio State’s single-season 500-point club. A total of 27 players all-time have scored 500 or more points in a season for the Buckeyes. Jamar Butler (554/2007-08) and Kosta Koufos (534/2007-08) did so last season.
Following the regular season, Turner was named a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection after finishing the regular season as a three-time conference player of the week. He also received all-district honors by the NABC and was one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson trophy.