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Coaches Corner: Q&A with Steve Turner

Gonzaga head coach talks about winning the WCAC championship and the importance of his players getting a good education.

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It was a successful season for the Gonzaga College High School basketball team, which is led by head coach Steve Turner. The Purple Eagles went 32-5, and won their second Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title in the last three years. He speaks about the team’s success in the first edition of the Coaches Corner.

Q: What’s it like to win two WCAC Championships in the last three years? 

A: It’s been great. It’s a goals of ours going into the season and it shows our kids hard work has paid off.

Q: What do you think was the reason for the team’s success this year? 

A: There ability to trust each other and sacrifice their time.

Q: Chris Lykes is one of the top guards in the country. What makes him such a good player and what was it like coaching him? 

A: It’s been a pleasure. What stands out the most is his hard work and dedication to the game. He makes everyone better, and he wants to prove people wrong.

Q: You hit the 300 win mark this season. What did that mean to you? 

A: Not a lot. My biggest reward is when my guys go on to a greater institution, and we gave them an opportunity to get a good education and play basketball.

Q: How would you describe the competition level in the WCAC to someone, who doesn’t know too much about the conference? 

A: It’s like the ACC of basketball. Night in and night out you have to play a great game. One thing that gets overshadowed is that we got a lot of great coaches. From the first team to the last team, everyone in our league can coach.

Q: What does Prentiss Hubb brings to Notre Dame? 

A: His versatility. He can do a lot of things very well. One night he can beat you on offense; the other night he can beat you on defense. He is also being more vocal and is a well-rounded person.

Q: If you were the Boston Celtics general manager, who would you take with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft? 

A: WCAC. You got to take Markelle Fultz.

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