Henry Turner (basketball)

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Henry Turner
Personal information
Born (1966-08-18) August 18, 1966 (age 50)
Oakland, California
Nationality American / Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Fremont (Oakland, California)
College Cal State Fullerton (1984–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Undrafted
Playing career 1988–2002
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 4, 9
Career history
1988–1989 Rochester Flyers
1989–1990 Sacramento Kings
1990–1991 Emmezeta Udine
1991–1992 Collado Villalba
1992–1993 Panna Firenze
1993–1994 Panionios
1994–1995 Sacramento Kings
1995–1998 Fenerbahçe
1998 Ducato Siena
1999–2000 Maroussi
2000–2001 BingoSNAI Montecatini
2001–2002 Müller Verona
2002 Adecco Milano
Career highlights and awards

Henry Frank Turner (born August 18, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player, who played at the shooting guard and small forward positions. He grew up in Martinez, California.

College career[edit]

Turner played college basketball at California State University, Fullerton, with the Cal State Fullerton Titans. He graduated in 1988.

Professional career[edit]

Turnet had a two-season stint in the NBA, with the Sacramento Kings (1989–90 and 1994–95), with little impact – he averaged 3 points and one rebound per game, in 66 regular season games combined.

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).[1] 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.

While playing with Fenerbahçe, Turner was granted Turkish citizenship, and played under the name Hakkı Uzun.[2]

Post playing career[edit]

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.

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