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Robert Turner becomes first signee of Tubby Smith era

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From Texas Tech Athletics:

Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith has announced the signing of New Mexico Junior College guard Robert Turner.

"Robert Turner is an outstanding point guard that we believe will bring great leadership and toughness to our program," said Smith. "He is a young man that played on an outstanding New Mexico Junior College team that won their region and advanced to the national tournament. We feel like he fits our style of play. He is a pass-first type of player and a tenacious defender.

"We are excited to have Robert as a part of the Red Raider program. He gives us a foothold into the great junior college hotbed in this region."

Turner, a 6-1 guard from Augusta, Ga., led No. 22 New Mexico Junior College to the NJCAA National Tournament after winning the NJCAA Region 5 Tournament in Lubbock in March this past season. The Thunderbirds finished the season, 27-7 and 12-4 in the Western Junior College Athletics Conference (WJCAC).

The sophomore earned honorable mention All-WJCAC honors, after averaging 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in conference games. He finished the season averaging 9.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

In 30 games, Turner had 14 double-digit scoring efforts and 23 multiple assists games this past season. He recorded a season-high 23 against Western Texas and had back-to-back games with a season-high eight assists against Howard and Frank Phillips.

As a freshman, Turner was a part of a 23-9 team that finished second at 10-4 in the WJCAC. He played in all 32 games, averaging 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He had a season-high 13 points against eventual national champion South Plains and recorded 14 multiple assist games.

Prior to New Mexico Junior College, Turner played one season at Augusta (Ga.) Laney High School where he led the Wildcats (29-2) to the Georgia Class AA semifinals. He averaged 13.2 points and 4.1 assists as a senior, earning All-Area honorable mention honors.

He played his first three seasons at Augusta (Ga.) Aquinas High School, where he led Fightin' Irish to the Georgia Class A Elite Eight as a junior. That season he was named first team All-Area after averaging 19.5 points per game.

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