Josiah Turner Suspended; Is It Detrimental?by Clair Wyant on Mar. 07, 2012, under Basketball, University of Arizona
University of Arizona Wildcats head coach, Sean Miller, announced Freshmen guard, Josiah Turner has been suspended indefinatly for violation against team rules.
“I am disappointed in Josiah for his actions. Unfortunately this suspension comes at a time of great excitement and opportunity for our team. However, the standards of our program will not be compromised under any circumstances. Hopefully, Josiah will learn a valuable lesson from this experience” Miller said in a statement.
This is not the first time Turner has been suspended. This is not the first time has been suspended this year. The most notable game he missed was at Florida. While it was arguably the best the Wildcats played this season, having Turner in the game could have won it, as they were leading with only seconds left. If the Cats’ won the game, they could be an automatic lock for the NCAA tournament.
Arizona is in a situation where they have to win every game in the Pac-12 Tournament, thus clutching the automatic bid, to go dancing.
While credit is due to Miller for teaching his players for what to do/what not to do, and sending the message no one is entitled, Turner’s loss is potentially detrimental to the team, as they go to Los Angeles for the Pac-12 Tournament.
Turner has been a key player during Pac-12 conference play. He’s been viewed as a team player, on the court.
It’s off the court where Turner has become a headache. The last thing Arizona needs is to lose against UCLA in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament, and have him be the reason.
Turner has not only been putting points on the board (6.8/game), but also distributing the ball (2.4/game), rebounding (3.1/game), and causing turnovers (averaging approximately two per game in conference play). He is an all around player, and will be missed.
Turner has let his team down (again) by not playing due to his actions.
Face it, the reality is this is a time to teach these student-athletes about life. It makes what happens on the court only a supplement of the teachings. It will only better the players on the long-run.