Boston Celtics swingman Evan Turner has not forgotten his roots, as he showed during today’s NBA Africa Game in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Before a game that featured a number of NBA stars on “Team World” against an equally stacked “Team Africa” — which featured legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo as well as current players Serge Ibaka and Giannis Antetokounmpo — Turner found time to make the “O” sign in a shoutout to his alma mater, Ohio State.
Of course, Turner posted the picture on his Instagram.
I had an unbelievable time today in the Team world vs Team Africa game and an even more memorable experience on my trip here in Africa. It's crazy to think I was once playing the game I loved back home in Chicago and now I participated in the first ever sanctioned NBA game in the Mother land!!! Truly blessed #basketballwithoutborders #TeamWorld #Johannesburg #BuckeyeNation #GoCeltics
Prior to be selected second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA Draft, Turner averaged 15 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in three seasons with the Buckeyes. In five NBA seasons spent with Philadelphia, the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, he has posted 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
He may not be the same superstar on the NBA level that he was in college, but it’s great that Turner still loves his school enough to give them a shoutout in an international All-Star Game.
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