WCCS guard signs scholarship to play for ConcordiaPublished 6:48pm Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wallace Community College-Selma guard Fredrick Turner will only have to travel a short distance to continue his academic and athletic career as he recently signed a scholarship to play basketball for the Concordia College Alabama Hornets.
Turner said he’s excited to play for the Hornets and head coach Frederick Summers.
“It’s a great opportunity to expand my skills and come to a four-year school, and play for Coach Summers, who I hear has a great program,” Turner said. “It just feels really great.”
Turner averaged 14 points per game for Wallace, and Summers said Turner adds a lot more than scoring to the Hornets’ squad.
“The first time I saw him play, I noticed he was a small guard, but he could really shoot the basketball. And the second time I saw him play, the defense, they keyed their whole defense to stopping him. They put four players on one side of the floor and put another player on him,” Summers said. “So it’s basically like they were playing two games within one. Any players, when you can make a team play two games within one, you’ve got something special. With him being able to shoot the basketball, and in my system, he’s going to fit in very well.”
Turner said he’ll have to get a little stronger and move without the ball more when he starts playing at Concordia, but added that Wallace has prepared him for the move.
“It’s helped me because it’s a junior college and they help me prepare for the bigger schools and the bigger players, and it also helped me expand my game from where it was,” Turner said. “I was just a shooter at first, but now I can create my own shot more.”
Summers said Turner’s scoring ability will create more chances for his teammates.
“What he does for us is that he stretches the floor a lot more. He’s going to provide other guys with a lot of opportunities to get easy baskets because the defenses are going to key on him,” Summers said. “You’re going to have two to three players trying to stop him. And with two to three players trying to stop him, that’s going to leave some other opportunities for other people.”