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Arizona freshman Turner admits growing pains

Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: November 19, 2011 11:03 am
By Jeff Goodman

The first step is admitting it.

That's what Arizona's talented freshman Josiah Turner did to some of his teammates last week.

"He apologized to me," Arizona veteran guard Kyle Fogg said. "It meant a lot to me."

"I wasn't working hard," Turner said after Friday night's loss to Mississippi State in New York. "I had a nonchalant attitude."

Then Arizona coach Sean Miller benched him - for an entire game.

"It wasn't so much that it was embarrassing," Turner said. "It gave me a mindset that I needed to start working harder. It was a wake-up call."

Turner played well in spurts on Thursday and Friday night at Madison Square Garden. It's clear that he'll have some growing pains - and even Turner, a highly touted point guard - understands that now.

"The transition is more difficult than I thought it would be to be honest," Turner said. "I think I've been humbled, but I also think I'm starting to get used to it."

This Arizona team is not a Top 25 ballclub right now. Not with Kevin Parrom at less than 100 percent - and not with Turner looking like, well, an ordinary freshman.

Turner logged 17 minutes on Friday night and while his numbers were mediocre (eight points, two assists, two rebounds), he played with more poise than he had all season - and made fewer mistakes.

"I think it's just going to take time," Turner said.

For Turner - and for Arizona.
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