Former Ohio State basketball star Evan Turner has donated $500,000 to the university. During halftime of the Buckeyes’ game against Oklahoma, Ohio State recognized Turner’s generosity.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Turner shook hands on the field. Turner also gave Smith a novelty check.
“Proud to recognize @thekidet for his generosity paying forward to current and future student-athletes #GoBucks,” Smith tweeted Saturday night.
Former Ohio State star Evan Turner donates $500,000 to university
— gene smith (@OSU_AD) September 10, 2017
Turner won the Naismith Award for national player of the year during the 2009-10 season. That year, Turner averaged 22.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.9 steals and 1 blocks. He also shot 54 percent from the field. Turner was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
The former Buckeyes star has played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.