Vols Sign Guard Lamonte Turner
Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes announced Tuesday that point guard Lamonté Turner recently submitted a signed National Letter of Intent to attend UT.
Turner was once rated by Rivals.com as the nation’s No. 56 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, but he officially reclassified back to his original 2015 class late last month. He plans to enroll at Tennessee in July and will be a freshman for the Vols next season.
A native of Harvest, Ala., the 6-2, 180-pounder recently graduated from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
"Lamonté had his choice of several outstanding college programs, and he chose Tennessee because he believes in our vision for this program," Barnes said. "He shoots the ball extremely well, makes great decisions on the court, and I love his poise. We’re excited to help him develop, and I think Vol fans are really going to enjoy watching him grow."
In 2012-13, Turner attended Sparkman High School in his hometown. He averaged 13 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists while helping lead the Senators to a 29-8 record and the Alabama Class 6A state championship game.
He then transferred to Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., and temporarily reclassified to the Class of 2016.
Turner played on the 2015 Nike EYBL circuit with the E1T1 Elite program, coached by Tony Atkins. His head skills trainer at IMG was Dan Barto, and his coach was John Mahoney.
SEC basketball ties already exist in the Turner family, as Lamonté is a cousin of former LSU and NC State guard Ralston Turner.
Lamonté Turner becomes the fifth member of a Tennessee signing class that includes forward Kyle Alexander (Milton, Ontario), forward Ray Kasongo (Toronto, Ontario), guard Shembari Phillips (Marietta, Ga.), forward Admiral Schofield (Zion, Ill.). Four of the five signees will be freshmen next season (Kasongo will be a sophomore).