Ralston Turner

Ralston Turner plays basketball and talks with youth at the Michael Community Center in Sheffield. [BERNIE DELINSKI/TIMESDAILY]

SHEFFIELD — Youths at the Michael Community Center had a visit last week from a Muscle Shoals High School graduate who went on to be a captain on the North Carolina State basketball team and play professionally in Europe and with the National Basketball Association's Gatorade League.

Ralston Turner's visit included a talk filled with advice and motivation.

A former TimesDaily 4A-6A Player Of The Year, Ralston also was a first-team All-State selection for three seasons and a McDonald's All-American nominee, according to his biography.

He began his college career at Louisiana State University, where he made the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman Team before transferring to N.C. State.

Today, he is a licensed financial adviser for Merrill Lynch, in Florence.

bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5739. Twitter @TD_BDelinski

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