More on Tristan Spurlock's departure from Virginia basketball
Virginia forward Tristan Spurlock met with Coach Tony Bennett on Sunday night in what Spurlock said was the final individual meeting the coach conducted with players. At the meeting, Spurlock said that he and Bennett spoke about Bennett's vision of Spurlock and the future and they mutually agreed he should leave the Cavaliers' program.
"I didn't like his vision for me," Spurlock said, "and we came to the agreement that what's best for me might not be staying at the University of Virginia."
When asked specifically what vision he did not like, Spurlock said Bennett wanted him to become a "4" -- a power forward. Spurlock believes he's a wing.
Spurlock insisted that no decision was made during the season. He said he "did not put anything out there" when asked if he and his family looked into other opportunities during the season. Spurlock said he thought about returning to Virginia throughout the year, and never entered a game expecting that game's playing time to determine his future.
"A lot of people speculated, a lot of people thought I was transferring," Spurlock said. "Jontel is my best friend on the team, and we talked all the time about next year and how things are going to be different. So I never, ever speculated or wanted to speculate."
Spurlock said he has no ill will toward Bennett, and still believes Bennett is a "good man." The same respect he had for Bennett when the coach visited Spurlock's family last spring upon accepting the job remains. The issue was entirely a basketball decision.
"Things do change when you get to the school," Spurlock said, "and I don't think I fully understood what kind of coach he was and his philosophies and his schemes and how I fit into those schemes."
Spurlock spoke with other players on the team at study hall on Monday. He received a call from Sylven Landesberg in the afternoon.
He does not have any potential schools, emphasizing the decision to leave came last night. He plans to visit other schools.
"After the meeting, that's when I really knew," Spurlock said, "this is not the right place for me."
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