Layton's Turner returns to court less than 6 months after ACL tear

Tuesday , November 28, 2017 - 5:15 AM1 comment

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

LAYTON — Less than six months after tearing his ACL, Layton High senior boys basketball player Skyler Turner is back contributing on the court.

Turner, a 6’7” center who suffered the injury to his left knee on June 20 during a summer camp game at the University of Utah and had surgery the following week, started and scored seven points in Layton’s 82-73 double-overtime win against American Fork last Wednesday.

Turner said he originally planned to return in January but he scheduled an appointment with his physical therapist about two weeks ago because his knee was feeling good and he was confident. According to Turner, the therapist told him he could return for the season opener.

“He did a couple tests and he was pretty surprised,” Turner said.

Turner wore a sleeve that was mostly padding and said he felt “really good” throughout the game.

Layton coach Kelby Miller said Turner looked rusty upon first taking the floor but “made a couple good moves and did some good things” as the game progressed.

“I feel comfortable where he’s at and there didn’t look to be any real effects of that surgery and that whole process,” Miller said.

Turner was one of two Layton players to suffer injuries prior to the season. Brooks Kokkola broke his foot and needed to have a pin inserted. That pin was taken out about a month ago, according to Miller. Kokkola also played against American Fork.

Miller said prior to the injuries, he thought this year’s team could “contend for a region and a state championship.”

“I honestly did feel that they were that good … before those guys went out, I really thought this could be a team that did some good things this year,” Miller said.

Turner believes “the sky’s the limit” this season.

“We’re a really long, defensive-minded team, and our defense is always hot,” Turner said. “We take pride in (our defense) and we’re really deep and I think we can do anything.”

Layton’s 2016-17 season was marred by an ACL tear to senior Ben Bailey. Bailey tore his ACL in a non-region game against Lone Peak and missed the rest of the season.

The Lancers still won the region title and a playoff game before falling to Copper Hills in the 5-A quarterfinals.

Turner said after he tore his ACL, Bailey sent him a long text message to encourage him.

Layton’s non-region schedule continues Tuesday with a home contest against Lone Peak. 

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