Chicago Native and #2 Draft pick Evan Turner talks NBA Money

Evan Turner NBA Draft

Remember this past March when Demetri
, D.J. Richardson and the rest of the
were talking trash to Ohio
's Evan
in Big Ten
Tournament semifinal game? And Turner responded by later showing the
"holding my dollars" sign at the Illini

Presumably that was in reference to all the money he'll make in the NBA come June.

indeed sent this
to the right place. Because TMZ
obtained video
hours after the Philadelphia
76ers took Chicago native Evan Turner
as the #2 overall pick in
last night's 2010
NBA Draft
-- the 21-year-old and his family hit Jay-Z's 40/40 Club
in NY ... where he told how he plans to spend his new

Turner told TMZ he already made a couple of awesome -- and expensive
-- purchases ... but the next item on his shopping list is something no
baller can live without.

Check out the
video here

The individual athlete I've written about more than any other, became
the sixth
Ohio State
player under the direction of Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, to be
selected in the opening round of the annual National
Basketball Association Draft

Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., and Daequan Cook, all freshmen from Ohio State's
2007 NCAA runner-up squad, were taken in the opening round of the
2007 NBA Draft. Freshmen centers Kosta Koufos (2008) and B.J. Mullens (2009) also were first round

Portland, with the first overall pick in 2007, selected Oden. He
was the first Buckeye selected with the opening pick. Conley went
to the Memphis Grizzlies with the No. 4 pick and Cook was selected
by Philadelphia with the 21st pick of the opening round. Koufos was
taken by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd pick in the first round in
2008 while Mullens went originally to the Dallas Mavericks with the
24th pick in 2009. He was then traded to the Oklahoma Thunder on draft

Since 1947, 47 Ohio State basketball players have been drafted by
NBA teams, including 22 first round selections.

Turner joins Mullens, Koufos, Oden, Conley, Cook and Michael Redd,
now in his 11th year with the Milwaukee Bucks, as former Buckeyes
currently active in the NBA. Redd earned a gold medal for the
United States on the men's senior national team in the 2008 Beijing
Olympics. He also was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of
Fame and was inducted last fall.

Contributing to an NBA team has long been a goal for Turner.

"Tonight marks another dream coming true," Turner said. "As a kid
growing up, I always dreamt of eventually playing basketball in the
NBA and it feels amazing to know that I have finally accomplished
that. I am excited to play in Philly and enjoy everything that the
city has to offer ... especially the cheesesteaks. Right now, I just
cannot wait to lace up, get on the court and start playing what I
hope will be a long and successful career."

Turner swept the 2010 college basketball season player of the
year awards after claiming the Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden
Award, as well as the Sporting News, USBWA, Associated Press and
NABC POY awards. The junior guard also was the Big Ten Player of
the Year and the Most Outstanding Player at the annual Big Ten
tournament, which the Buckeyes captured with a win over Minnesota.

He was named both the 2010 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year as well
as the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year following the
season. The most recent award was announced Wednesday.

Turner averaged 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in 2010 as his
Buckeye team reached the Sweet 16 of the 2010 NCAA Tournament and
won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. A 6-7 junior
from Chicago, he was the conference's top scorer and rebounder and
ranked No. 2 in assists (6.0, 6th in the nation) and steals (1.7).

Matta said Turner deserves this night after the effort and
dedication he contributed to the Ohio State program over the last
three years.

"I could not be happier for Evan and his family," Matta said. "He
came to Ohio State with a dream and he was able to achieve it
through hard work and dedication.  He had the opportunity to enter
the draft a year ago but showed maturity by returning to school. 
He had not accomplished what he wanted as a Buckeye and he knew he
had to become a better player.  He is the model for all young
athletes who aspire to play professionally by doing things the right
way on and off the court.  I know that he is excited to begin this
new journey."

Written by Paul M. Banks, President and CEO of The Sports
, a Midwest focused webzine. He is also a regular
contributor to Chicago Now,
the Chicago Tribune's blog network, Walter, the Washington

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  • Before you people think I have an unhealthy man-crush on Evan Turner, on account of my devoting the last 3 posts to him consider these qualities 1. no one else got drafted from the big ten last night 2. he's a chicago native, it's not often someone from the Chi becomes the #2 overall pick, and wins the Wooden, Naismith etc.

    3. he's a trending topic on yahoo right now 4. this is the summer lull we have nothing to talk about, especially with conf expansion over for now

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