Men’s basketball | 08/09/2022 11:02:00
The University of Minnesota men’s basketball program mourns the loss of Golden Gopher great Clyde Turner. Playing for the Gophers from 1971 to 1973, Turner died on August 9, 2022 at the age of 70.
Turner was an integral part of the 1972 Big Ten Championship team and was named an All-Big Ten first-team selection that season. Turner was part of Minnesota’s first Big Ten title since 1937 in a split title and Gopher’s first all-time title since 1919.
Turner, a Champaign, Illinois product, played a total of 51 games for the Maroon and Gold. He led the team in scoring the two seasons he played when he averaged 18.6 points in 1972 and 18.1 in 1972. Turner also received second-team All-Star honors. Big Ten in 1973. Turner ranks eighth all-time in career scoring average per game at a career 18.4 ppg.
Turner was drafted in the fourth round of the 1973 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was one of five Gophers drafted that season along with teammates Ronald Behagen, Jim Brewer, Corky Taylor and Dave Winfield. Turner continued to play professionally in Europe for two seasons and later graduated from the University of Minnesota.
Turner was scheduled to be inducted into the Minnesota M Club Hall of Fame in September and will now be inducted posthumously.