Heels Tracking Spurlock

It's clear that the Tar Heels have targeted a pair of wings in the junior class (Leslie McDonald and Nolan Dennis), but Roy Williams' staff is also intrigued by another wing prospect – Tristan Spurlock.

The 6-foot-7, 215-pounder is fresh off of a big weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational, where he helped lead the host team to a tournament championship in Hampton (Va.).

During the title run Spurlock, a standout at Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian, showed range on his jump shot, took bigger defenders off the dribble and was often times the go-to scoring option in Boo Williams' offense.

With his high level of game it's not surprising that he's already picked up a handful of scholarship offers. Georgetown, Wake Forest, Virginia, Florida State and USC have all thrown offers his way.

North Carolina, Texas and N.C. State are also involved in his recruitment. As far as Carolina's interest goes, Spurlock said the UNC staff began showing interest in him over a year ago and has stayed in touch since.

"Actually I've talked to Coach [Joe] Holladay since right when my sophomore year ended," the four-star prospect said. "That's when I started talking to him."

Although the Tar Heels haven't stepped up with a scholarship offer, Spurlock, who checked in at No. 74 overall in the latest rankings – and is sure to be ranked significantly higher than that by the end of the AAU circuit – said he's certainly interested in hearing what the Heels have to offer.

"North Carolina is a very good program," Spurlock said. "They are very rich in tradition. Anytime North Carolina calls you definitely have to pick up and listen."

The next step in the recruiting process for Spurlock is to take some visits. Due to his hectic AAU schedule, Spurlock said he hasn't been able to set up any visits, but he's hoping to knock them out this summer.

When he does begin taking visits and getting serious about the recruiting process, Spurlock said he would be searching for a school with some name recognition.

"I'd like a school that has a lot of name behind it," Spurlock said. "That way after you're done playing basketball you can go with your degree from that school and say ‘Hey, I went to Georgetown or I went to UNC.' I just want a school with a very big name behind it."

"Academics are very, very important and of course winning is important," he continued. "I don't have to start as a freshman, but I want to be able to fight for playing time as a freshman. If I do well enough where I can start, that's even better."

Starting this weekend college coaches can be out evaluating prospects, however Spurlock and Boo Williams are taking the weekend off. They'll be back in action the following weekend in Dallas (Tex.) at the Next Level Tournament.

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