Myles Turner hasn't broken into the starting lineup yet in his five-game Texas career, but that's all the time he needed to break into the school record book.
The freshman big man, who was rated as the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2014 by ESPN, hit 11 of 12 shots in Texas' 78-46 win over St. Francis (Pa) Tuesday night, equaling the program mark for highest field goal percentage in a game (minimum 10 attempts). The record, set by Butch Skeete, had stood alone since 1962. Turner added 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for good measure.
Most times, a 7-footer racking up a stellar field goal percentage against an overmatched opponent entails a highlight reel of less than impressive lay-ups and dunks. But Turner isn't your average big man. The Bedford, TX native showed off his full array of skills Tuesday, hitting turnaround jumpers, contested jump hooks, and going 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point line.
With a veteran frontcourt that includes junior center Cameron Ridley, Texas coach Rick Barnes has elected to bring Turner along slowly so far this season. You have to wonder how long that's going to continue.
Despite having not played more than 20 minutes in a game before the win over St. Francis, Turner has hit double figures in three of his five games as a Longhorn, and has connected on 25 of his 38 field goal attempts. Despite ranking seventh on the team in minutes played, he leads the squad in blocked shots and ranks second in rebounds.
The college hoops world will get a good look at Turner twice over the next two weeks when undefeated Texas travels to face No. 24 Connecticut on Nov. 30 and No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 5.