Woodstock senior Jordan Turner did not see this happening three months ago.
There were several College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin schools recruiting the Blue Streaks guard, but Illinois Wesleyan was not among them.
“My dad [Mike] and I were sitting around one night in January and I got something from Wesleyan whenI was a sophomore,” Turner said. “I said, ‘I’m going to send them another email.’ I did, and they called back in about 10 minutes.”
On Thursday, Turner committed to the NCAA Division III school to play basketball for the Titans. Wesleyan and CCIW schools Augustana and North Central were his final three schools.
“We started talking a lot in January,” Turner said. “It was kind of out of nowhere. In December, I wouldn’t have even considered Illinois Wesleyan. It was a very tough decision. All three had so many things to offer, but in the end, I thought the academics Illinois Wesleyan has put it a notch above the other two. And they have a great basketball team, which is a bonus.”
The Titans were 23-6 overall and 13-1 in the CCIW. North Central (27-3, 11-3) was in second and Augustana (19-8, 8-6) was fourth in the league. North Central plays Middlebury in the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals today in Salem, Va.
Turner (6-foot-3) was the Northwest Herald Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He averaged 17.9 points a game and helped the Streaks improve from 5-23 to 19-11. Woodstock won the IHSA Class 3A Woodstock North Regional, its first regional championship since 2000.
Turner was a four-year varsity player and finished his career with 1,447 points, putting him second on the Streaks’ career scoring list behind Dan Hill (1,791).
Coaches from Illinois Wesleyan, North Central and Augustana all were at several of Turner’s games late in the seasons, including his last game, a loss to Rockford Lutheran at the Freeport Sectional.
“Sometimes it was kind of awkward, but [the coaches] all know each other,” Turner said. “[Recruiting] was a good experience. It was a hectic afternoon [Thursday]. I called all the coaches.”
Turner finished his career as Woodstock’s career leaders in free throws made and steals.