As if coming from Chicago's troubled South Side wasn't enough to overcome, it was the first of Evan Turner's troubles. In the first year of his life, he endured chicken pox, pneumonia, asthma, and measles. At the age of three, he was hit by a car. Oversized baby teeth and an overbite caused a speech impediment. A fighter by nature, Evan turned tragedy into triumph. He found basketball in middle school. A star studded Chicago class gave him the competitive drive all athletes crave. By the end of his senior year, he had multiple Division one offers.
Evan committed to Ohio State University. He excelled in his three years there winning a laundry list of awards, including the prized John Wooden Award. He declared for the 2010 NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers took him with the second pick. He played four years in Philly, establishing himself as a solid pro. After a troubled stint in Indiana with the Pacers, Evan continued looking for an NBA home. He proved once more his value in Boston and earned a four-year $70 million contract to play for the Portland Trailblazers.
Style comes easy to Evan. His casual, laid back personality shows when he chooses his next fit. Sweaters, jackets and fitted jeans are staples in his closet. Evan is most often seen in something well put together and rarely shows out with his gear. But, when he does decide to go for a look, he goes all in. Don't sleep on his blazer and slacks game. Evan will surprise you with a clean look if you do.
In his junior year at OSU, Evan won the Wooden, Naismith, Robertson, Fox Sports, NABC, TSN, and AP Player of the Year awards,nearly sweeping all of the major player of the year awards
Turner's collegiate number, 21, was retired by Ohio State in 2016
Evan was one of many teammates to clash with Lance Stephenson. The two got into a fist fight in the 2014 playoffs