Mike Turner commits to Northwestern

Chicago University High senior forward Mike Turner committed to Northwestern basketball on Sunday.

Turner picked the Wildcats over Harvard, Penn and Valparaiso.

"I chose Northwestern because of the mix of academics and athletics," Turner said. "You can't beat the prestigiousness of the academic side and the Big Ten side of the athletics. It was everything I was looking for."

Turner, who is 6-8 and 195 pounds, is expected to be a versatile forward at the college level. His strengths include his perimeter jumper and his ability to rebound, and he'll still only be 17 years old when he arrives on Northwestern's campus.

Turner was first contacted by Northwestern as a sophomore, but the Wildcats' recruitment tailed off over the last few years. After a strong summer on the club scene with MeanStreets, Turner began hearing from Northwestern again and was recently offered a scholarship.

"After a while, I had a feeling that the offer wasn't coming," Turner said. "I started looking at my other options. I felt I was in a pretty good position to make my decision until they got back in the picture in September. It wasn't really frustrating. I know with all this recruiting, when it comes to collegiate sports, it's a business. They want to get the best players they can. They have to make the best fit for them. I have to make the best fit for me."

Turner is Northwestern's third Class of 2011 recruit. Benet guard David Sobolewski and Regan (Texas) guard Tre Demps previously committed.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at href="mailto:spowers@espnchicago.com">spowers@espnchicago.com.