Recruiting Notes

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Tristan Spurlock

Tristan Spurlock saw his first live game action at Word of Life (Springfield, VA) last weekend, and the 6-8, 220-pound forward performed well.

“We actually had our first preseason tournament. I had 30 points in the first game. I led the whole tournament with 27 points per game. I had a double-double in every game. More importantly, our team beat Carroll, which was big for us. They have a good, young team,” said Spurlock.

One of many top players for prep power Montrose Christian over the last two years, Spurlock, who transferred to Word of Life late this summer, eagerly anticipates the opportunities this season presents.

“It has been an adjustment going from being one of many players who could score to one of the main scorers,” said Spurlock, an athletic wing forward. “It has been kind of different. We are all getting used to each other here, but the other players don’t mind if I say something to them or if I correct them about something. They have helped me become a leader. I’m fiery out there. I do yell sometimes, but the other guys know I’ll be the first one to pump them up when they make a good play.”

Certainly off to a positive start with his new high school team, Spurlock looks to become an official part of his future college team very shortly. Spurlock will sign a letter of intent with the University of Virginia in the November Signing Period, possibly as early as this weekend. He may do it on Sunday, when he and fellow UVa commit Jontel Evans plan to be in Charlottesville for UVa’s home opener against VMI.

Spurlock and Evans hope to convince 5-star center/forward Renardo Sidney , who will be on a visit to Virginia this weekend, to become the third member of UVa’s class.

“I think that is huge,” Spurlock said of Sidney’s upcoming visit to UVa. “The Virginia coaches tell me all the time that my commitment is huge because I was established and had offers from schools that every other top kid had. I still picked UVa and that