Spartan’s Hoops Star to Soar at the Air Force Academy

Spartan’s Hoops Star to Soar at the Air Force Academy

By DYLAN SIEGEL, Staff Writer

Last Friday, senior Rayven Turner committed to play college basketball at the Air Force Academy. This decision comes after a successful senior season capped off by a 6A state championship.

Turner was named the All-South Metro Player of the Year, and also to the Over the Mountain Journal Team, and Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Team. Even with this impressive haul of accolades, Turner was most proud of the Spartans’ successful season that culminated with the Alabama Class 6A State Championship in March.

Coming off of a Junior season where he did not find himself on the court with much regularity, Turner kept a positive attitude and worked even harder on his game with an eye on his Senior season.  

“I think his character-defining moment was to be mentally tough enough to go through his Junior year and not be able to play a game but to still work hard in the classroom,” Head Coach Tyler Davis said.

The team’s star senior made a big jump as a player this season compared to last year.

“Rayven was able to excel this year because he is a humble and hungry person that wants to get better everyday. In the classroom and on the court,” Coach Davis added.

Turner said similar things as to why he was able to make such a leap this season.

“I credit my success to my perseverance to keep my head up and keep working when it felt like things were going wrong. My coaches, teammates, and the community of Mountain Brook gave me the confidence I needed,” Turner said.

Although Turner only attended Mountain Brook for two years after living in Oregon, he was still able to make a lasting impact on his peers.

“I’m so proud for Rayven because he’s a special person who makes others around him better!” Coach Davis said.

Additionally, Coach Davis called it “an honor to be able to coach” Turner, saying he admires his humbleness and coachability.

The 6’5” forward’s on court prowess made him an attractive prospect for several colleges, including University of Mobile where he also received an offer to play.

“My deciding factor that led me to committing [to Air Force Academy] was just realizing the opportunity in front of me and understanding that it was exactly what I was looking for, so why wait!” Turner added.

Turner adds other factors that led to his commitment was the comfort he felt with Air Force Academy’s coaching staff and the school. He says they answered all the questions he asked.

With his college career on the horizon, Turner reflected on his love of basketball with an eye toward his future. 

“I’ve wanted to play college sports since I was a kid. Watching college athletes play on TV inspired me to work toward that dream. Now that I’ve committed, I have the chance to do so at the next level which is a dream come true,” Turner said.