LOS ANGELES – Evan Turner, along with Wooden Award candidates Wesley Johnson of Syracuse and John Wall of Kentucky, spent the afternoon coaching Special Olympics athletes at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
“I had a great team and they really focused and played team basketball,” Turner said. “It was just a joy to watch them play. They play hard and they play as a team and they play together. I am having a lot of fun right now.”
Turner won his coaching debut 22-15 over Johnson.
The event is part of festivities surrounding the 2010 Wooden Award, which will be announced Friday evening. Internet users may watch the announcement live at 10:30 p.m. ET on the CBS College Sports Network HERE.
Over the last several weeks, Turner has earned player of the year honors handed out by the USBWA (basketball writers), the Associated Press and the NABC (coaches award). He also won the Naismith Trophy Sunday. In addition he was named the Sporting News Player of the Year as well as several other POY honors and All-America accolades.
Turner finished his junior season at Ohio State and then declared for the 2010 NBA Draft earlier this week.