GREENWOOD, SC- After serving as a first year starting point guard for the Greenwood Eagles in 2011, Keever Turner is looking to build on that valuable experience leading into the 2012 season.
“We have gone through a good bit of offseason workouts leading up to the season,” Turner said. “That’s helped us all with our strength and conditioning.”
According to Greenwood Head Coach Jim Still, a bulk of his roster, who were members of the Eagles’ Division II, 4A State Champion football team, have only been in practice for slightly over a week, due to football season. Turner’s full participation in workouts has enabled the young guard to improve as a player.
“Keever (Turner) has had the advantage of going through three weeks of offseason workouts in September and all of our practices,” Still said. “He has grown tremendously as a guard.”
According to Turner, minimizing turnovers will be key as he hopes to improve.
“I think that I’ve improved my ball handling and shooting a lot,” Turner said. “The main thing I need to work on going into the rest of the season is cutting down on some careless passes that I’ve made.”
While Still agreed that decreasing turnovers will be essential for his point guard, the Eagles’ head man explained that Turner is slowly but surely beginning to find his role within the Eagles’ offense.
“One thing about him (Turner) is that he gets so fired up to play,” Still said. “We need to try and keep him even keel at times and minimize some turnovers, but he is starting to know his role in the offense. He looks for his shooters around him and plays within the offense.”
After failing to make the 4A State Playoffs in 2011, Turner explained that their progress as a team starts on the defensive side of the ball.
“We just need to play as one on defense, most importantly,” Turner said. “We need to get stops on defense. If we get stops on defense, our offense will take care of itself and it will open up things in transition.”