INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (April 4, 2010) – Ohio State junior guard Evan Turner has been named the 2010 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I Player of the Year. Turner received his award Sunday night at the annual AT&T Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Murat Centre.
Turner suffered two fractures in his spine in the eighth game of the season and was told he had a recovery period of eight weeks. But after missing just six games, the 6-7 junior guard was back in action and led his Ohio State Buckeyes to a share of the Big Ten title on his way to being selected Big Ten player of the Year.
He led the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding, was second in assists and steals and soon was at the top of every All-America and player of the year list while leading the Buckeyes to the to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament. Turner averaged 20.4 points and over nine rebounds per game with a team-leading 185 assists, 54 steals and 28 blocks as one of the most dominating players in all of college basketball.
Turner also took home over the weekend the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Oscar Robertson Trophy as the nation’s best player, the Associated Press POY and the Naismith POY.
Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, and Turner leave Thursday for Los Angeles for the annual Wooden Award ceremony at the LA Athletic Club Friday.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.