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Tristan Spurlock in his sophomore season at Montrose.
Word of Life (Springfield, VA) forward Tristan Spurlock was one of several recruits in the stands for Virginia’s home game against Xavier last Saturday. The 6-8, 220-pound prospect, one of two players to sign with Virginia in the November signing period, reflected on the experience and discussed his performance this season.
“It is getting more and more nerve-wracking each time I go,” Spurlock said of the Xavier game experience. Tennessee junior small forward Casey Prather and Chantilly (VA) sophomore center John Manning were some of the other recruits in attendance, though Spurlock was the only commitment. “I honestly can’t wait to get down there and help out Sylven and Mike Scott and Sammy and those guys.”
Spurlock remains optimistic about his future team, which has accumulated six wins to five losses so far in 2008/2009.
“For us, we are not in a bad position because we are a very young team,” Spurlock said. “We are starting three freshmen in Sammy, Sylven and Assane. There are certain games I thought we should’ve had, like the Syracuse game. But we are young. Some nights we play great like we did against Georgia Tech. Other nights, we play like we’re very young.”
Spurlock hopes to contribute any way he can as a true freshman next year. At 6-8, he has perimeter skills as well as the ability to get to the basket.
“Wherever coach needs me to play, I’ll play,” Spurlock said. “I can penetrate. I’m a bigger guy at 6-8, 220 pounds, but I can create off the dribble and draw more defenders and kick out to open guys. Defensively, I’ll guard whoever they need me to guard. I can help with those main things.”
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