THIS SEASON: Jarvis Turner, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior forward, is back for a fifth season after the NCAA granted him a medical hardship for the 2000-2001 season. Turner, who missed most of last season with foot injuries, will provide valuable experience off the bench at either forward spot.
CAREER: Turner, in an injury-riddled USC career, has scored 482 points, starting 23 times in 74 games played. He has averaged 6.5 points per game and 3.7 rebounds (272 overall), playing 1,210 minutes.
BIBBY ON TURNER: "It is great to have a veteran like Jarvis Turner back on the team because he knows what it takes to win. He's had a tough career at USC because of injuries and hopefully he can make the most of this opportunity. It's good to have another player on the bench who we know we can count on."
1999-2000: Turner played in only seven of USC's 30 games during his 2000 senior season because of foot injuries. He missed nine games early in the season (not continuously) with a stress fracture in his left foot which he originally suffered in the preseason. He returned at the start of the Pac-10 season, but played in only four games before suffering a fracture in his left ankle against Arizona State on Jan. 20 which kept him out for the rest of the year. Overall, Turner averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game. He had a season-high five points in 14 minutes at Washington State and had a season-high five rebounds in a season-high 24 minutes in the Trojans' opener against Cal State Northridge.
1998-99: Turner averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game chiefly as a reserve junior forward in 1999. He played in 23 games and started three times. Turner scored a season-high 16 points and had six rebounds against St. Bonaventure. He came off the bench to score 13 points, grab seven rebounds, dish out four assists and make three steals in only 15 minutes against Loyola Marymount. He scored 13 points, including 9-of-12 from the foul line, against UCLA at home, adding two blocks and two steals. He scored 10 points and had four steals at Arizona and had nine points, two steals and a block in the season opener against San Diego State. He had nine rebounds in 16 minutes against American and seven rebounds in 18 minutes against Arkansas State.
1997-98: Turner averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 1998. In the season-finale against Arizona State, he recorded his second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. In the upset of No. 2 Arizona, Turner played an outstanding game and finished with 19 points (tied his career-high) and a career-high 11 rebounds, despite dislocating a finger on his left hand in the first half. Due in part to that performance, he was given the Ernie Holbrook Memorial Award (most inspirational player) at the team banquet. Against Loyola Marymount, he scored 19 points and also had six rebounds, three steals and two assists. In the season opener at New Mexico, he scored 18 points and also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
1996-97: Turner was expected to have an immediate impact for the Trojans in 1997 at both forward spots. However, he sat out the first six games of the regular season with a stress fracture in his back. He returned to the court against Ohio State (Dec. 21) and went on to start three games (including USC's game at UCLA). Turner averaged 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a true freshman. For his efforts, he earned an All-Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection. He sank the first five shots of his Trojan career, including a three-pointer against Washington. At Stanford, Turner came off the bench and finished with 17 points, a game-high eight rebounds and two blocks. Against Arizona State, he pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds in only 18 minutes of action. He scored 12 points against Cincinnati in 23 minutes. At Oregon, Turner returned to the starting lineup and finished with 11 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes. In the victory over No. 16 Stanford, he came off the bench to score seven points, grab four rebounds and provide 16 minutes of tough play inside. Turner sank all five of his shots from the field against Oregon State and finished with 12 points.
HIGH SCHOOL: Turner averaged 24.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 1996 as a senior at South Bakersfield (Calif.) High, leading the Rebels to a 24-6 mark and the Southwestern Yosemite League title. He led the CIF Central Section in scoring. He was named to the 1996 Long Beach Press-Telegram's prestigious Best in the West first team and was rated as the No. 6 prospect in the West. Turner was also a USA Today All-USA honorable mention selection and made Bluechip Illustrated's Top 150, Basketball Weekly's Top 100 and College Sports' Senior All-American list. He was the Bakersfield Californian's All-Area MVP in 1995 and 1996 and made the All-Area team three times (1994-96). In 1996, South Bakersfield won the CIF Central Section Division II championship for the second consecutive year, but lost in the first round of the state tournament to Riverside North High, which was led by Chris Claiborne (who is currently a linebacker for the Detroit Lions). In one game, Turner scored 45 points, pulled down 31 rebounds and had 12 assists. In April of 1996, Turner was in Atlanta for the East-West Senior Slam All-Star Game, which featured several of the nation's top prepsters.
As a junior in 1995, Turner averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game as South Bakersfield went 24-2. In 1994, he averaged 14 points a game as a sophomore. As a freshman in 1993, Turner was named league Co-Rookie of the Year.
In his four-year prep career, Turner scored 1,810 points, pulled down 1,121 rebounds and led South Bakersfield to the state playoffs in each of the last three seasons.
SIDELIGHTS: Turner was born on Feb. 11, 1978. He lists Magic Johnson as his biggest sports hero ("Magic was such a complete and unselfish player who has a positive outlook on life.") and Nick Van Exel as the toughest player he's ever played against ... His full name is Jarvis Austin Turner.