August 5, 2008

Decision Looming?

It seems like a decision could be looming shortly for one of the most versatile players in the country who will be visiting Georgetown on Wednesday August 6th for an unofficial visit. The coaching staff will welcome 6-foot-7 wing Tristan Spurlock on campus for an opportunity for him to sit down with the coaching staff along with his parents to access the situation and get a better picture as to how he could possibly fit into the plans of the Hoyas.

One thing is for sure, he has a nice package of size and versatility that seems to mesh with what the staff looks for. "A lot of people that see me play say that I'm so versatile. They say that's my biggest assets. With Georgetown I would fit in right away being able to play the 2/3 and if they want to go small, they say I could even slide down and play some 4 like I did a lot with Boo [Williams AAU] this summer."

Spurlock's decision to leave the DC Blue Devils where he previously played with during the traveling AAU season was one that was made with much thought. "For me I love to win. That's one of the reasons I went to the Boo Williams AAU team instead of staying with the DC Blue Devils, because of the simple fact that I knew that I was going to be playing on Sunday with Boo Williams. I knew I was going to be playing the last day and I knew we were going to be in everything if we played the way we were supposed to play," stated Spurlock.

It turned out to be a very wise decision as the DC Blue Devils did not complete the summer travel circuit, therefore hurting the exposure of many of their players.

There are some parallels that can be drawn from Spurlock's decision to leave the DC Blue Devils where he could've played a lot more minutes than he did for the loaded Boo Williams team where he probably played less minutes but won a lot more games and had further runs in AAU tournaments.

The Hoyas are two seasons removed from the Final Four and have won the regular season Big East title for the past two seasons. UVA on the other hand finished last season at 5-11 in the ACC which was the second worse conference record in the league. With the loss of their best player point guard Sean Singletary, the outlook for UVA doesn't look that much better for this season.

The reason for the comparisons with UVA is because it seems like the Hoyas and Cavaliers are his top two choices right now as he mentioned, "I'm still open with other schools but those two are with the highest interest and probably those two have been recruiting me the longest."

The staff is also in fairly good shape with a couple of promising rising junior prospects in Roscoe Smith and Josh Hairston both forwards from the 2010 class, but depending on how this season plays out, there is a decent chance that the Hoyas could lose one or two forwards to the NBA in Greg Monroe and DaJuan Summers. If the worst case scenario occurs where they both leave, then an area of strength all of a sudden becomes very young and inexperienced.

Spurlock is also very well aware of the roster and has a very good understanding of where he would fit in and even understands the negative recruiting other schools have tried to use against Georgetown.

He then went on to say, "The year Georgetown went to the Final Four, they beat North Carolina in a game that was in the 100s and they beat them playing their style. They beat North Carolina playing North Carolina's style of basketball with Tywon Lawson playing 100 percent. They went out there and ran them."

Even if Spurlock chooses what appears to be more early playing time at UVA, he at least left me with the impression that he clearly gets what they are trying to build at the Hilltop. Hailing from nearby Woodbridge, VA he has had the opportunity to follow the Hoyas very closely and has even made it up to campus for some off-season pickup basketball.

Spurlock mentioned, "I'm very familiar with Georgetown. I'm up there all the time. I play pick-up with DaJuan and Chris and even Jeff [Green] comes back. I play pickup with them all the time, Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. So I'm very familiar with them."

Spurlock's research of the Hoyas even extended to his invitation to the LeBron James Skills Academy where Georgetown junior forward DaJuan Summers was a camp counselor. "I talked to DaJuan when we were at the LeBron camp and he answered all of my questions and concerns and he really helped me with it and told me how things are really going to be once you get there. It's not a program where you're going to hit 20 points a night, but Jeff [Green] went to the league and he only averaged like 14 game. But he also stepped up when they needed him to step up."

Again, even if he doesn't choose the Hoyas, he clearly understands what the Hoyas are trying to accomplish. They play an unselfish brand of basketball that will more than likely be a lot more up-tempo this year with former McDonalds All-American sophomore point guard Chris Wright at the controls, who promises to look to push the tempo more often than Jonathan Wallace did.

The observation of the contrast in style between the two players wasn't lost on Spurlock as he stated, "Wallace and Wright are two different types of point guards. Wright looks awesome. I've seen him playing pickup and you have NBA guys there and Chris looks awesome."

So it appears a lot could hinge on how things go with the unofficial visit on Wednesday. If the staff decides to ask him to wait until the spring, I would expect him to commit to UVA, if they don't, I think the Hoyas have a decent chance.

"I could possibly commit [during the unofficial visit], but I do like UVA as well, they've been on me since I could dribble a basketball. So they're definitely up there too. It's getting down to it and I'm going to pray and let God lead me to see where I'll really fit," concluded Spurlock.

While it appears that his recruitment is in its twilight hours, there is a real chance that he'll make a decision on college before he even decides on where he'll be playing high school basketball next year, as he did comment on some of the rumors floating around that he will not be back at Montrose Christian next year. He however did not rule out the possibility of returning there for his senior year.

As always stay tuned to for the latest on Spurlock and all your Hoya recruiting news!

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