Louisville makes push for versatile Spurlock

Rick Pitino already has three 2009 commitments lined up. Now, it appears Louisville has turned their attention to rapidly rising Tristan Spurlock, a 6-6, 215-pound small forward from Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian School. The versatile Spurlock talks about his recent offer from the Cards.

Rick Pitino already has three 2009 commitments lined up. Now, it appears Louisville has turned their attention to rapidly rising Tristan Spurlock, a 6-6, 215-pound small forward from Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian School.

"I was very excited," Spurlock said of Louisville's recent offer. "I wasn't expecting it at all."


Spurlock has been tearing up the AAU circuit this spring and the Cardinals have been watching his progress since a strong showing in Dallas at the Next Level in late April.

"My father and I talked to Coach (Walter) McCarty after Dallas – I had a very good game and he saw me play," explained Spurlock. "He told my father he was going to stay in touch after that. Once we had a chance to really have a good relationship and talk they've made a really big push. Last week, they called and said they had one scholarship offer that they would like me to have it."

After making an offer last week, the Cardinals are now trying to get Spurlock on campus for a June visit.

"They're trying to get me to come up there in the next week or two," said Spurlock. "We're still trying to sort everything out but (they) want me to come and visit."

Ranked the No. 47 prospect nationally by Scout.com, Spurlock has made a strong rise in the polls this spring. A standout for AAU powerhouse Boo Williams, Spurlock, an athletic and versatile forward, now ranks as the No. 9 small forward nationally.

Spurlock's rise in the rankings has led to increased recruiting interest this spring. Just this week, he's picked up offers from Louisville and Clemson. He also has offers from Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Villanova. With a solid list of schools in pursuit, Spurlock is trying to narrow his focus at the moment.

"I'm definitely trying to narrow my focus," Spurlock said, "and narrow it down and make a decision before my school year starts. I could decide in June or July if I go on these visits and like it. The latest I'll make my decision is by next fall."

"I have no favorites right now," Spurlock said. "I definitely don't have any favorites at this point in time."

While the athletic Spurlock declined to name favorites, Virginia, Georgetown and Louisville appear in solid shape. Spurlock said he's planning to visit Virginia June 15, and might also visit the Hoyas and Cardinals this month, too.

"Academics are very important to me," said Spurlock. "I'm looking for a school when it comes to basketball where I can have a chance to compete for playing time right away."

Louisville is recruiting Spurlock to fill a void on the perimeter. "They think I can be a big ‘two' and sometimes slide over to that small forward slot," Spurlock said. "That's what I'm looking for."

"I'm better in transition when I'm able to rebound and run. The word everybody uses to describe my (game) is versatility. I can push like a point guard. I can handle and shoot from the outside. I can go down low and rebound. So I think the best part of my game is being versatile."


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