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The hope was that Josiah Turner could learn something from Reeves Nelson's overseas experience in Lithuania, but instead Turner's pro stint in Hungary didn't even extend into one preseason game.
Whereas Nelson appeared in 7 games for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas last season (and now can boast he'll be in training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers) and learned the situation in Lithuania was not for him at that time, Turner has returned home after nearly four weeks after signing with Albacomp.
The former Arizona Wildcats guard who left the program after his freshman year, asked for his release from the team due to "personal reasons" according to the team.
One man's loss is another man's gain.
Turner is out.
Brandon Wood is in.
Wood graduated from Michigan State last year after transferring from Valparaiso. The 6'2 guard averaged 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 26.2 minutes per game for head coach Tom Izzo.
Although Woods did not attend the Portsmouth Invitational or receive an invite to the Chicago Draft Combine, even his request from NBA teams for individual or group workouts were few and far between. Only the Milwaukee Bucks had him in for a work out and a return session.
It as easy to grow frustrated by the process, but Woods knew that would not help his cause.
"I thought I showed enough to deserve more workouts than I got," Wood said back in late June. "Everything happens for a reason and I'm blessed to be in a position that I am. I just feel like in my case, I don't know what more I could've done to have a chance to work out for teams."
We know now that Woods went undrafted. Disappointed in the outcome, he still remained confident he would find success with whatever came next. That success story could take shape in Europe.
And while Wood is getting settled in Hungary, Turner is back to step one in pursuing his overseas, NBL of Canada or D-League options.