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Ohio State's Evan Turner hasn't given up on going No. 1

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Before residents of Washington D.C. erect a statue in honor of future Wizards savior John Wall, former Ohio State star Evan Turner would like to remind them that their hometown franchise does have another option for the No. 1 pick.

"I think (going No. 1) is still a possibility," Turner told reporters during Thursday's media availability at the NBA Combine in Chicago.

"I think I did a lot of work this year. Just think about all the adversity I came back from and my maturity level now. Not to be arrogant or cocky, but I won every national player of the year award."

Turner said he's been doing a lot of conditioning work and making 550 shots a day, both off the dribble and from behind the arc. He plans to work out for the Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers, who have the No. 2 pick.

Asked to make the case for himself over Wall, Turner highlighted his ability to play multiple positions and mesh better with Washington's current personnel.

"John Wall's a great player, and he’s a great kid," Turner said. "I love John Wall. I just think my versatility. I just think if Gilbert Arenas is still there, I would probably fit in a little bit better than him. But you never know. I think I've done a lot this year to be the No. 1 pick."

Of course, Wall feels as though he too should be the No. 1 pick, but he didn't feel the need to lobby as hard as Turner.

"That's a goal of everyone growing up as a kid," Wall said. You want to be the No. 1 pick but if it doesn't happen that way, I'm going to be cool with it. As long as I get to to play in the NBA, that's my dream come true. It doesn't matter what pick it is."

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