New men's basketball coach Sean Woods found more help Thursday for his first season at Morehead State.
Bakari Turner, a 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association All-American, signed with the Eagles and has two seasons of eligibility remaining, the school announced.
Turner, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Plano, Texas, joins Morehead State after two years of junior college in Texas.
He spent the 2010-11 season at Blinn College and the 2011-12 campaign at Cedar Valley College. He originally signed with Baylor out of high school and was most recently offered a scholarship by Texas A&M.
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"Bakari is a big-time talent, and we're excited about him joining our program," Woods said in a news release. "Bakari had several high-major programs recruiting him, and we're happy he chose Morehead State in the end. He could certainly be a difference maker for us in the near future."
Turner was part of a 23-9 national runner-up squad at Cedar Valley. He averaged 24.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.2 blocked shots.
Turner was part of a 21-10 team at Blinn. He averaged 17 points and 2.8 rebounds.
"Bakari has the potential to play valuable minutes for us the next two years," Woods said. "He's a hard-nosed competitor who is quick with the ball and has a knack for scoring. He can also defend three positions for us."
Turner becomes the 16th player on the 2012-13 Morehead State men's basketball roster, but two of those 16 must sit out this season due to the NCAA transfer rule. The list, which features six returning players and 10 newcomers, includes 14 individuals who already have college basketball experience.
"We want to be among the Ohio Valley Conference leaders in scoring, field-goal shooting and three-point percentage this season," Woods added. "Bakari will help us in all of those categories."