UVa Recruits Await New Coach

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Tristan Spurlock

Last November, two high school seniors – 6-8 forward Jontel Evans – signed letters of intent with the University of Virginia. Now, the talented duo waits with the rest of the Cavalier nation to find out who will take over the reigns as head men’s basketball coach.

Evans and Spurlock both played for Boo Williams Summer League on the AAU circuit last summer and figured to team up again on the college level. The future for either player is unclear right now, but neither player has made a concrete decision.

Speculation has run rampant as to Spurlock’s intentions since former head coach Dave Leitao resigned last Monday. The Word of Life (Springfield, VA) star had not spoken publicly about Leitao’s departure until yesterday.

“No decisions have been made,” said Spurlock, who averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game for Word of Life this past season. “I’ve spoken with Jontel and we are just going to wait to see what happens with the coaching search. I haven’t made any decisions yet.”

Despite rumors to the contrary, Spurlock insists that he did not asked to be released from his letter of intent. Several current players, and especially sophomore forward Mike Scott, have kept in consistent contact with Spurlock.

< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>“I have spoken with Mr. Littlepage once,” Spurlock said. “The conversation went how it went. I told him I would wait.”

As mentioned by Spurlock, Jontel Evans is also taking a wait-and-see approach.

“Jontel is going to wait to see who gets the job at UVA,” Bethel head coach Craig Brehon wrote in an e-mail reply to TheSabre.com. “After this, he will talk with the coach and then see if they have plans for him.”

The senior from Tidewater averaged 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and only two turnovers per game as a senior. He earned Peninsula District Co-Player