Lowe, Strickland Visit Spurlock

HAMPTON, VA -- It isn't like nobody knew who Tristan Spurlock was heading into the Boo Williams Invitational.

It isn't like nobody knew who Tristan Spurlock was heading into the Boo Williams Invitational. Well known since early in his high school career, the 6-7 wing from Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian has earned his solid repuation with his play.

However, after taking most of last summer off and making his first appearance with a new team over the weekend, Spurlock wanted to come out and make a statement.

Rather than take the credit himself, the junior first pointed out how playing for a loaded Boo Williams team made it easy to stand out.

"I just felt like it was a team effort," said Spurlock. "We really tried as a team to come out and play hard and we've got so many guys who can score the basketball so you don't really have to worry about that. We just play hard on defense and that lets us get the offense."

Of course, some hard work in the gym on Spurlock's part didn't hurt either.

"It's just been a lot of reps on my shot and a lot of reps during the season," said Spurlock. "I really wanted to come out and make a statement this weekend."

A versatile player who is big and strong enough to do some damage in the lane, Spurlock boards well, runs the floor, finishes with athleticism and shoots well from the outside. Not surprisingly there's no shortage of schools in the running for his services and he listed North Carolina State along with Maryland, Virginia, Georgetown, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Florida State and Texas.

According to Spurlock, the Wolfpack have stepped up their involvement lately.

"Coach Strickland and Coach Lowe came up and saw me play on Tuesday last week. I spoke to them and they are on my top list," said Spurlock of the Pack. "They've always been in the scene. Now things are just starting to pick up a little bit."

With no shortage of schools in pursuit, Spurlock knows that he'll be able to find a good place to play. Now it's just a matter of getting them sorted out enough so that he can make a decision by the late summer or early fall.

"As a freshman you want to get a situation where I don't want to say you'll just play, because you have to fight for playing time," said Spurlock. "But, a situation where I can fight for playing time and win."

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