Spurlock Optimistic About UVa’s Future

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Tristan Spurlock in his sophomore season at Montrose.

Despite Virginia’s struggles this season, Tristan Spurlock remains confident in the future of the program. In fact, the 6-8, 220-pound forward, a top get for head coach Dave Leitao and staff, is excited about the Cavaliers prospects in the 2009/2010 season.

“I think next year we could be what Wake Forest is this year,” said Spurlock, a star out of Word of Life School in Springfield, Virginia. “I think we could be a sleeper.”

Spurlock is one of two recruits who signed with the Cavaliers in November, joining Bethel (Hampton, VA) point guard Jontel Evans . Both players played for highly regarded Hampton (VA) AAU program Boo Williams last summer. If Leitao and company can continue to build on the in-state success, especially in the Tidewater region, Spurlock believes the program’s future will be bright.

“I feel like the state of Virginia has one of the most talented states when you talk about kids who can produce,” Spurlock said. “If Coach Leitao can get kids to stay in-state, he’ll be getting top five classes easily. Recruiting-wise, I think he is beginning to make Virginia a good place to play. They are struggling, but guys are seeing that they could come in and play. Coach Leitao is building a program. He is starting from scratch. He was a good enough coach to win with other players, but he is starting from scratch now. He did a good job with the class from last year and he has another good class this year…our class may not be done just yet. I’m hoping we can land a big-man named [Renardo] Sidney, too (laughs).”

Evans and Spurlock could be key contributors for the Cavaliers next season.

“You won’t find two more competitive kids