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The Virginia men’s basketball program landed its second commitment of the 2009 class Wednesday night when another Boo Williams AAU prospect chose the Cavaliers. Montrose Christian forward Tristan Spurlock verbally committed to the Hoos after narrowing his choices to a final two of UVa and Georgetown. He joins guard Jontel Evans in the recruiting class.
“I’m a Cavalier,” Spurlock told Sabre recruiting analyst Chris Horne.
Spurlock, a 6’8″, 216-pound wing forward, had closed in on a decision date early this month after naming a final five (Clemson, Georgetown, N.C. State, Virginia, Wake Forest) in July. Ultimately, however, his decision came down to the Cavaliers and the Hoyas. Spurlock cancelled a recently scheduled visit with Georgetown before officially settling on the school that had been believed to be the leading candidate for most of his recruitment.
“I felt comfortable with Virginia for a long time,” Spurlock said. “I felt comfortable with [committing] so I went ahead and did it today.”
Led by head coach Dave Leitao, UVa was the first program to heavily recruit Spurlock, who said Leitao was “excited” with the news. That helped Spurlock and the staff develop a good relationship; Spurlock said earlier this week that it’s “like family” when the UVa coaches call.
One of the top wing forwards in the 2009 class, Spurlock is rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Stay tuned to the Sabre EDGE this week for more on why Spurlock chose the Cavaliers.