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Cardinals go big and small in recruiting efforts

Ball State adds 'terrific young men' to program

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 2:48 am

The Ball State frontcourt and backcourt each got stronger on Thursday, as the Cardinals men's basketball program added a guard and a forward in their 2013 recruiting class.

The Cardinals signed Zavier Turner of Pike High School and Franko House of Concord High School to national letters of intent and both players are rated among the top 15 recruits in the state this year by Indiana Recruiting Guide.

“We are really excited to welcome Zavier and Franko to our Ball State basketball program,” Cardinals coach Billy Taylor said in a release. "They are both terrific young men who come from very well respected high school programs.”

The 5-foot-9 Turner averaged 15 points and 6.2 assists per game as a junior and helped the Red Devils to their first regional title in nine years, as well as a trip to the Class 4A state championship game.

He took over the point guard reigns at Pike from Marquis Teague, who played one season at Kentucky and then was drafted by the Chicago Bulls. As a sophomore, Turner averaged 14 points per game and helped the Red Devils to a sectional crown.

Turner has spent his summers playing for one of the top AAU programs in the country with the Eric Gordon All-Stars.

“Zavier is a true point guard who has the ability to get in the paint and create opportunities for others, Taylor said. “He has also proved to be a big-game player as evidenced by Pike's success last year in the Indiana high school state tournament.”

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound House has started for the Minutemen since his freshman season and has been selected to the Elkhart Truth All-Area First Team each of the past two years.

He led Concord with averages of 14.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior last season and scored 15 points per game as a sophomore for Concord's sectional championship team.

House, who played for the Indiana Elite AAU program, was also widely recruited in football.

“Franko is a powerful and athletic frontcourt player,” Taylor said. “He has shown a wide range of basketball skills on the perimeter and in the low post. Franko also has a very physical body that will allow him to rebound the basketball at a high level.”

Turner and House will join the Ball State program for the 2013-14 season.