Turner played at Louisville from 1958-1961. He led the school to its first Final Four appearance in 1961 while earning All American honors. Turner was the unanimous selection as the MVP of the NCAA Mideast Region.
The Newport native led Louisville in scoring for three consecutive seasons and averaged 23.1 points per game as a senior.
Turner is one of twenty players to have their number honored by the University of Louisville. He also is a member of the University of Louisville Hall of Fame He ranks 22nd all time on the Louisville scoring list with 1,451 points and 9th all time in rebounds with 919. Turner scored 669 points as a senior which ranks second in school history for points in a single season.
Former Louisville coach Bernard “Peck” Hickman called Turner the best player that he has ever coached.
After graduating from Louisville in 1961, Turner went on to play professionally with the Chicago Packers of the NBA for one season. He also spent time in the Continental Basketball League.
Before enrolling at Louisville, Turner was a star at Newport High School where he had his jersey retired this year. In the mid 1950’s Turner was an All State performer in both basketball and football. Due to medical issues, Turner had been confined to a wheelchair.
CardNation has lost one of the best to ever wear the Louisville uniform. Rest in Peace, Big John.
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