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Former Wildcat Turner to play at SMU

Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller talks to freshman guard Josiah Turner in the closing minutes of the UAs 69-67 loss to the Washington Huskies on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Turner later attempted the game-tying put-back attempt, but could not convert as time ran out. 

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Colin Darland
Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller talks to freshman guard Josiah Turner in the closing minutes of the UA’s 69-67 loss to the Washington Huskies on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Turner later attempted the game-tying put-back attempt, but could not convert as time ran out. Colin Darland / Daily Wildcat

Former Arizona Wildcat Josiah Turner announced that he has committed to SMU via his Twitter early Friday morning.

The freshman, who was suspended indefinitely by head coach Sean Miller before choosing to leave the program in early April said he wanted to “thank my family, Arizona coaching staff and my girl for supporting my decision.”

When Turner announced he was leaving the UA, Miller said Turner had “made a great deal of progress as a student-athlete.”

“He will finish this semester and leave in good academic standing,” Miller said in a statement. “All of us at Arizona wish him well in his future.”

Turner visited SMU and head coach Larry Brown on Wednesday, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Brown took over the Mustang program on April 23 and already caused a splash by telling several members of the team that they would not be returning under his coaching tenure, according to the Dallas Morning News. Turner is Brown’s first recruit. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Before he leaves for SMU, Turner will have to appear in court on charges of suspicion of extreme DUI on May 17 in Pima County Justice Court. If convicted, he could face a minimum jail sentence of at least 10 days.

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