Assistant Comes To The Hilltop After Final Four Run At Wichita State
K.T. Turner is in his fourth season (2016-17) as an assistant men's basketball coach at SMU after being named to the position by Head Coach Larry Brown on June 21, 2013. Turner came to the Hilltop after a Final Four run at Wichita State (2013) as a member of coach Gregg Marshall's staff.
In 2015-16, the Mustangs finished 25-5 with a 16-1 record at Moody Coliseum. SMU was second in the American Athletic Conference at 13-5. The Ponies were No. 24 in the final AP Top 25 after reaching as high as No. 8 during the season. The final poll was the 17th straight week in the AP Top 25. The Mustangs won the Las Vegas Classic en route to a program-best 18-0 start; eventually becoming the last undefeated team in NCAA Division I. SMU led The American in 8 of 21 statistical rankings and ranked in the top 10 of 7 NCAA stat categories. Nic Moore was selected AAC Player of the Year and AP All-America Honorable Mention for the second straight season. He was named All-AAC First Team for the third straight season. Nic Moore was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, a member of the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, on the Naismith Midseason Watch List and on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List. Markus Kennedy was on the Karl Malone Award Watch List and earned his second straight AAC Sixth Man of the Year honor. Shake Milton was a unanimous pick for the AAC All-Rookie team. Ben Moore was named to the NABC All-District Second Team.
In his second season (2014-15), SMU claimed the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to reaching the NCAA Tournament. SMU finished the season 27-7 overall. The Mustangs went 15-3 in league play, clinching the outright league title (first since 1993) with a 67-62 win against Tulsa in a sold out Moody Coliseum on March 8. The team followed that by winning the AAC tournament title 62-54 over Connecticut. The Mustangs spent nine weeks in the AP and USA Today Top 25 and set home attendance records for a season (124,986) and average (6,944) while going 16-2 in Moody Coliseum. Nic Moore was named AP All-American Honorable Mention and AAC Player of the Year, Markus Kennedy was AAC Sixth Man of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, and Yanick Moreira was named the AAC’s Most Improved Player.
In his first season (2013-14), he helped lead the Mustangs into the national spotlight as SMU earned a No. 1 seed in the NIT and eventually reaching the title game at Madison Square Garden. SMU was in the top 25 in four of the last five regular season polls, being ranked for the first time since 1984-85. The Mustangs led the AAC and finished in the top 20 nationally in field goal percentage (48.3%, 18th NCAA) and field goal percentage defense (38.5%, 7th NCAA).
Prior to joining the staff at Wichita State, Turner worked one season as an assistant at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, serving as the program's primary recruiter. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Turner helped lead the Blue Dragons to a 52-12 record in two seasons and advanced to the Region VI semifinals in both years, marking the first time since the 2003-04 season that Hutchinson advanced that far in the playoffs.
After stints at Redlands Community College and Panola (Texas) Junior College, Turner joined the staff at Northern Arizona for the 2007-08 season. He helped coach the Lumberjacks to a 21-11 season with a 12-4 record in Big Sky play. After a season at Northern Arizona, he served as an assistant at Cowley College, helping guide the team to a 29-5 mark and a trip to the Region VI title game.
Turner began his collegiate playing career at Hutchinson C.C., where he was an all-conference player in 1997-98 and 1998-99. He led the Blue Dragons to a 50-14 record in two seasons, advancing to the Region VI semifinals once. After a season at UT-Arlington, Turner finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma City University, where he later earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 2003. He helped the Stars reach the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Basketball Tournament and then played professionally for Benneton Treviso in Treviso, Italy, before joining the coaching ranks.
He and his wife, Cassaundra, have two children, Kelis and Kenneth III (Trey).