June 29, 2006
Matta nabs surprise commit
Just hours before touted Cincinnati Harmony Prep forward Alex Tyus was to come to Columbus to tour Ohio State -- and presumably make a verbal commitment -- Thad Matta continued to amaze by plucking Chicago-area star Evan Turner from under the nose of the Fighting Illini.
Turner, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is ranked as the nation's 23rd-best prospect in the class of 2007 but was thought to be a serious Illinois lean.
But that changed on Thursday when he called Matta from home and said he wanted to be part of the Buckeyes burgeoning basketball powerhouse.
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