Muhammad Ali helped UofL land two area high school stars in 1976

Muhammad Ali helped UofL land two area high school stars in 1976

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Bobby Turner is part of the 17 member class that will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Elizabethtown.

This is the fifth class for the Hall of Fame.

Turner starred at Male High School, alongside Darrell Griffith. They led the Bulldogs to the 1975 Kentucky State Championship. Turner was a three-time first team all-state selection and a Parade All-American as a senior.

He says his college choice was greatly influenced by a phone call he received during his senior season at Male.

"I tell you what when we were seniors in high school when we got that call from the Greatest of All of Time, Muhammad Ali, for us to go to Louisville," Turner says. "So look, he calls me, I hang up, cause I thought somebody was playing, so he calls right back. He says "Son, don't hang up." He said, he got the rhyme, he said, "you're talking to the Greatest of All-Time." I said, Champ I'm sorry, I didn't know it was you. He said, "look, since you hung up on me, you gotta do me a favor and stay home and go to the University of Louisville, cause you know I'm a big fan." He said and plus, "I would love to see you guys stay home, cause you know I go to the games and everything," which, that meant a lot, for a 17 year-old kid, getting a call from Muhammad Ali. You know I went to school the next day, I said, Griff, did you get your call, and he started smiling, I said, Muhammad Ali call you, he said, "yeah he called me too man." I said, Coach Crum must have had him give us a call and that call went a long way with us."

Turner and Griffith both signed with UofL. They were the Cards top two scorers in the 1978-79 season.

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