Basketball: More memories of Clarence Turner

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By Phil Anastasia

Former Camden High School basketball star Donnie Walker, now known as Wasim Muhammad, said this photo was taken recently during a visit to former Camden coach Clarence Turner's home in Chicago.

Turner died on Sunday at the age of 81.

Muhammad, who is a minister and works with at-risk youngsters in Camden, was a standout player for one of Turner's best teams, the 1986 squad that finished 30-0 and was ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today.

Muhammad went on to play at the University of New Mexico.

"I am grateful to Coach Turner to have finished my career on a big stage with New Mexico Lobos alongside former NBA champion Luc Longley of the Chicago Bulls," Muhammad said.

Another former Camden great from that era, Aaron Burt, said Monday morning that Turner was "the greatest motivator I've ever been around."
Said Burt: "We lost a legend. He was a gift to us."
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