Kanard Turner – Conway (501 Basketball Team 2024)

Kanard Turner got an early start with Conway High, cracking into the lineup as a freshman. In his junior season, he’s stepping more into a leadership role for a young Wampus Cat squad that’s hungry to climb up the 6A Central.

He is keeping it simple in his approach day in and day out.

“We’re just working to have more wins than losses,” Turner said. “We just going to have to really lock in, work hard in the gym and keep our heads in the books.”

After taking over the Wampus Cat basketball program last year, Marcus Adams has leaned on Turner’s talents to lead Conway. Down the stretch in the final month of last season, he averaged 4.3 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 14.2 points per game.

“Kanard’s best qualities on the court are the way he can drive the ball to the basket with his size, speed, strength and athleticism, and he can guard multiple positions on the floor,” Adams said. “He’s been encouraging his teammates to be better in practice as of late, and he’s building confidence in our younger guys.”

Turner is a straight-A student in the classroom, leading by example both on and off the court. He holds an offer to play basketball from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

“We expect Kanard to become a better leader for this young team,” Adams said. “He will be leading our young group of guys by example on the court with his experience playing the right way.”