The smile on Tristan Spurlock's face was almost visible through the telephone on Thursday night. The reason? The 6-foot-6 versatile wing verbally committed to an ACC school.
Spurlock told Rivals.com that he is headed to Virginia.
"I'm going to the University of Virginia. I'm a Cavalier," an elated Spurlock said on Wednesday night. "There was a lot of prayer and a lot of family meetings with my mom and pop. I was going through all of my options and UVa has been on the longest. I joke around and say UVa has been on me since I could dribble. They definitely made a huge push.
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"I went up there for a visit and it was the first time that my mom could see the campus and it was good. It felt real good to have her up there with me. She was able to feel real comfortable at the school with me. For me, it was where I felt where my heart was at."
Spurlock also considered Georgetown, Clemson, Louisville, N.C. State and Wake Forest. The four-star prospect said he liked the bond he has formed with the coaching staff and players.
"With coach [Dave] Leitao and coach [Bill] Courtney you feel like you are talking to family," Spurlock said. "It's not like you have to tighten up when a coach calls. They are down to earth guys. They really know me as a player and they know that I'm very competitive and they know that I love to win. They know exactly what I want to be as a player and they know exactly what level I want to get to as a player. That really helps."
With his versatility, shooting ability and passing touch, Spurlock should help in several areas for the Cavaliers next season and beyond.
"They would like me to contribute right away, as soon as possible," he said. "They have me as a guard that can slide around and defensively I can move around and play about three different positions. They want me to help right away."
With his college decision behind him, Spurlock said he still hasn't decided what high school he will attend for his senior year. The No. 65 ranked senior in the country played at Montrose Christian last season.
He joins AAU teammate Jontel Evans in Virginia's 2009 recruiting class.