AUSTRALIA -- Former Saginaw Valley State University men's basketball student-athlete C.J. Turnage has signed on to play for the Southern Tigers, a professional team in Australia. He will join the team in the spring of the 2018 season. C.J. adds to the list of Cardinals who have signed to play professionally in Australia this past year.
Turnage, a four year starter for the Cardinals, is ranked second on the all-time scoring list for the Cardinals with 1,777 career points. He is second with 764 career field goals and is ranked sixth with his 712 career rebounds. His 148 steals rank ninth, as do his 297 assists. He played in 113 games for SV as well, ranking him eighth.
"I want to thank my coaches I have had over the past four years for everything they have done for me. The SVSU Men's Basketball program really builds a man out of you. Four years ago, my family and I would have never thought I would be getting a college degree and signing a professional contract. I really appreciate Coach Baruth for helping me to become a professional, both on and off the court. I am very excited to be joining the Southern Tigers!"
The 6-6 forward was a leader for the Cardinals all four years, helping lead the program to national prominence in the 2015-16 season when the team claimed the GLIAC Regular Season Championship, Midwest Region Championship and trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Frisco, Texas. That team matched the program's all-time record with 25 victories and recorded 20-plus wins for the first time since the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. The league title was the program's first in the NCAA era, as was the NCAA National Tournament appearance.
Turnage earned First Team All-GLIAC honors his final three years at SVSU and was named the league's Freshman of the Year after a stellar freshman campaign. He was named D2CCA All-Midwest Region and NABC Division II All-District as well during the 2015-16 season.
SVSU Head Coach Randy Baruth added his thoughts on the latest Cardinal signing to play professionally...
"CJ has earned a great opportunity to play overseas with the Southern Tigers. He, like his teammates have executed all of the proper steps to a professional career: graduation first, professional career second. While having a Hall of Fame career for our Men's Basketball program is great, CJ's growth as a young man off the floor is what we are proudest of. Congratulations C.J. and family!"
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