Freshman Report: Spurlock and Evans

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After accepting the job of University of Virginia men’s basketball coach, Tony Bennett had the task of keeping both of Virginia’s recruits in the fold. In the end, Hampton (VA) point guard Tristan Spurlock , who signed with Virginia last November, decided to stick to their original commitments. caught up with both Virginia freshmen to discuss their college experience, including the first day of practice.

Tristan Spurlock , a 6-8, 217-pound guard/forward, discusses…

The first day of practice

Tristan Spurlock at Montrose

“It reminded me of my first practice at Montrose Christian. It was intense. It was fast. But the coaches did a great job of preparing us for it in individual workouts. We ran the same type of drills and had the same intensity level.”

The main focus of the first day of practice

“It was all about defense. The majority of the focus was defense. If we can’t stop teams from scoring, we won’t win.”

Coach Bennett’s intensity in practice

“Oh yeah, he’s intense. He can get scary sometimes (laughs).”

A personable character, it is no surprise that Spurlock has hosted at least one recruit who was making an official visit. He talked about his role as host

“I just know what it’s like to be in their shoes. I try to make sure they feel comfortable. I want them to know the coaching staff is the same now as they are on the recruiting trail. This is true. I don’t have to lie. The coaching staff does a great job of doing what they say. They’ll make you work hard, so I’ll tell the recruits that they’re going to have to work hard.”

Picking the University of Virginia

“I feel good about the decision I made. Jontel is my roommate, so we’ve talked about how different things