Turner would love to play for Bulls

Updated: April 9, 2010, 4:30 PM ET

The Chicago Bulls won't give up on the fight for the final playoff spot in the East, but should they falter and land in the NBA draft lottery, Ohio State's Evan Turner will be watching with interest.

On ESPN 1000's "The Waddle & Silvy Show," Turner responded enthusiastically when the hosts said they hoped to see him return home to Chicago.

"I'm hoping so too, to tell you the truth," Turner said from Los Angeles, where he's on hand as a finalist for the Wooden Award, handed out to the nation's best player.

The former Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph's star wouldn't mind playing with another Chicago native -- Derrick Rose, but the city itself is the real draw.

"He's a great player, but just always playing in Chicago -- that'd be fun," Turner said. "I think the Bulls have a great team, and I think if I were to play for them I could help out a little bit."

Leaving Ohio State a year early was a difficult decision, but Turner already is anticipating commissioner David Stern announcing his selection at the draft.

"I'm extremely excited," he said. "It's like a dream come true. I'm definitely going to look forward to May when I'm putting on my suit. That's going to be a fun night."

Turner also weighed in on the challenge ahead for new DePaul coach Oliver Purnell as he tries to recruit the city's top talent to a struggling program.

"They recruited me a little bit," he said. "I just think they have to sell it really well and make the kids feel like there's not a better place than DePaul.

"That's why I chose The Ohio State University, because I felt like there wasn't a better place than Ohio State. All it takes is one player to bring in tons of good players."