Henry Turner (basketball)
August 18, 1966 |
|Nationality||American / Turkish|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Fremont (Oakland, California)|
|College||Cal State Fullerton (1984–1988)|
|NBA draft||1988 / Undrafted|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Career highlights and awards|
In Europe, Turner played mainly in Italy in the top-tier Lega Basket Serie A, representing Emmezeta Udine (Italian 2nd Division), Panna Firenze (Italian 2nd Division), Ducato Siena (Jun–Oct 1998), BingoSNAI Montecatini, Müller Verona, and Adecco Milano). He also had spells in Turkey, with the Turkish League club Fenerbahçe, and in Greece, with the Greek Basket League clubs Panionios and Maroussi.
While playing in Greece for Panionios during the 1993–94 season, Turner thrilled the crowds with his performances and stunning slam dunks. Both came together in one memorable first-half performance against PAOK in the semi-final of the Korać Cup. In front of a full-house of raucous Panionios fans, Turner scored 30 points in the first-half, and capped it with a 360 degree dunk that had the supporters (and game commentator) in delirium. Unfortunately for Turner and Panionios, they faded in the second-half, and lost a 20-point lead and the game, by a score of 83-85, with Turner ending up with 37 points. Nevertheless, the first half remains etched in the memory of Panionios fans, and more generally, followers of Greek basketball from that unforgettable era.
Post playing career
Turner retired from playing basketball in 2002, at age 36, and went on to work as a basketball analyst for Comcast, with co-hosts Jim Kozimor, Kayte Christensen, and Lafayette Lever, covering Sacramento Kings games.