Spurlock on the Rise

NASHVILLE – Tristan Spurlock participated with the Boo Williams squad at the Nike Memorial Day Classic, and despite having a loaded team, the weekend didn't go as planned.

Spurlock and his teammates play for a legendary AAU coach and on a team that has produced guys like Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson and Joe Smith. So when Boo Williams' players steps on the floor, they expect to win.

Yet, they fell in their first game of the event, before bouncing back and winning the next three games to make their way to the quarterfinals of the Nike MDC, where they lost to Athletes First.

Despite this weekend's performance, Spurlock said he's been pretty happy with his team's play this year. Individually he's had a terrific spring and he said he's proud of the way he's played, but was quick to mention there were areas for improvement.

"I think I've played very well," said Spurlock, a 6-7 wing now ranked the No. 9 small forward in the class. "I just got to continue to play consistent. Some games I have real good games, other games I won't. For me it's more about energy. I need to bring energy every game because even if I'm not scoring, I got to play defense and rebound so my teammates know I'm in it."

His strong play throughout April and May -- which elevated his Scout.com ranking to No. 47 overall in the 2009 class -- has led to extra attention from college coaches. Georgetown, Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson, North Carolina State and North Carolina have all stepped up their interest. The Tar Heels are the only school of the group that hasn't offered.

"It's going real well," Spurlock, of Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian, said of his recruitment. "Hopefully I can make a decision by the fall or by the end of the AAU season. It's going real well."

North Carolina jumped into the mix with serious interest just after Spurlock's high school season. UNC assistant coach Joe Holladay is the lead man in his recruitment and he's kept in contact with Spurlock and his father, Rodney.

"They are looking at him, but they are looking at some other wings, too, like Leslie McDonald, Nolan Dennis and Xavier Henry," the elder Spurlock said. "They are trying to play the waiting game. They want to continue to see him play."

"They are telling me that they are going to come watch me play," Spurlock said. "They are going to come out to Peach Jam and LeBron [Skills Academy]."

Despite all of the recruiting attention, Spurlock doesn't seem to be in a rush to make a collegiate decision and said that he doesn't have a favorite.

"There's not anyone in particular," he said. "I like those schools a lot. I like Georgetown, UVa and UNC. I like all of my top schools right now."

Going forward, Spurlock is ready to start taking visits. Georgetown and Virginia are both trying to get him on campus and he said he's planning to finalize dates for those trips in the near future.

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