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Former Sydney King Ray Turner here to “dominate” at the Mandurah Magic

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“I’m coming down to dominate the League just as I did in previous years.”

The Mandurah Magic’s latest marquee signing is not holding back as he brings his NBL skills and experience back to the West.

Big man Ray Turner has committed to the Magic for 2022 after stints around the country and internationally, including a season with the Sydney Kings in the NBL.

Turner made his first appearance in the then-SBL in 2015 for the Perth Redbacks, where he averaged a league-leading 31.2 points, 16.1 rebounds (fourth in the league), 1.3 assists and 1.8 blocks per game on his way to being named League MVP.

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After stints in Japan, New Zealand, Queensland and Hungary, Turner returned to WA in 2017 with the Willetton Tigers, leading them to the minor premiership before going down to the Redbacks in the semi-finals.

Turner’s form in Victoria then saw him sign on for the Sydney Kings in 2019 and in 10 games he averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 rebounds.

“I played a few years (in Perth) and really, really, really liked it there,” he said.

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“I knew I would come back and now it’s time to make that happen with Mandurah.

“The Sydney Kings gave me the chance to showcase myself at that level and I think I did a pretty good job.

“But I’m excited about (coming back) and Mandurah look like a pretty good family club, and we’re all on the same page about what’s to be expected, so I’m looking forward to coming over.”

The six-foot-nine power forward/centre started his basketball career when he was around 13 in his home town Houston, but things could have been very different.

“Just as I was getting towards the high end of my boxing career, I pulled the pin and decided to play basketball full-time … because it really just became a passion for me,” he said.

That passion saw him pursue a college career at Texas A&M and tour the world, gaining invaluable experience that, combined with his ambition, could be the perfect mix for the Magic.

“I just love playing the game and try to win at all costs in terms of doing everything I can to make sure the team is successful,” Turner said.

“I’m getting older now and I still want to bring championship offence to the table, and that’s my ideal plan for Mandurah as well.

“I’m not going to say I’m the same young guy that I was back then, but I’m still the tough guy that likes getting out there, so I’ll be making sure I crash the boards and bring home the championship.”

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