Greg Oden

Sixers' Turner always a slow starter

PHILADELPHIA — When the Hoop Scoop basketball rating service published its ranking of the nation's top 460 high school sophomores in January 2005, Evan Turner didn't rush to find where he was on the list.

He wasn't on the list.

Even though a handful of high school sophomores already were committed to colleges and the top-rated player, O.J. Mayo, was starting to field questions about when he would turn pro — and another guard at Turner's high school was No. 120 nationally — Turner was on his high school's junior varsity. The following November, he did crack Hoop Scoop's list. He was No. 305 in his class.

So there was no early heads-up about this guy from the far West Side...