The first snow has fallen and the frigid winter temps, synonymous with basketball season, have set upon the county. But one Montgomery College (MC) men’s basketball player is heating up gyms across Maryland with his hot shooting.
Collin Turner, a 6-foot sophomore from Poolesville, at 32 points a game, currently leads all of the nation’s junior college players in scoring. It didn’t take long for the spotlight to shine on the slick-shooting guard. Turner was named the National Junior College Athletic Association D-III player of week (November 6-12) after averaging 33 points, five rebounds, and three steals.
One of the greatest months of basketball in MC history also comes with an honor. Turner was named the MDJUCO player of the month for November. He led the conference with 30.9 points per game in eight games, helping lead the Raptors to a 6-2 start. A business major, Turner scored 20 points or more in all eight November games including a career-high 47 against Cecil College.
For Turner, the basketball fire still burned even after facing adversity that would have pushed many players away from the college game and on to the next chapter of their lives.
“Collin is a young man that tried out for the team in 2015 that I didn’t select and he used that to motivate him for the years ahead,” said coach Keith Byrd, an MC alum and the 2015-16 MDJUCO coach of the year. “He is the epitome of hard work. That decision…really allowed him to understand what it takes to get to where you want to be in life. It’s through hard work, dedication, and determination.”
His highlights include a November 12 game against Northern Virginia Community College in which he scored 36 points, including a pull-up jumper with one second remaining to force overtime. His two free throws in the extra frame sealed a 102-99 victory.
Turner’s hot hand, 43.3 percent from three-point range, hasn’t cooled off. On December 6 he dropped 43 points against Baltimore City and the Raptors are riding Turner’s point barrage to the tune of seven straight wins.
Turner’s play doesn’t stop on the offensive side of the court as he leads the team in steals with 2.9 per game.
Each year, the goal for the MC basketball program is to be successful in the postseason. With the Region XX tournaments on the horizon in the frigid new year, the Raptors hope their sophomore marksman can keep the heat on high and keep piling up the points.