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Spurlock Talks to Bennett, Waiting to Meet Him

Caught up with Virginia recruit Tristan Spurlock, who said he spoke briefly this afternoon with the Cavaliers' new coach, Tony Bennett, and hopes to meet with Bennett early next week.

"I had a free period and he called me during my free period," said Spurlock, a forward who played this past season at Word of Life Academy in Springfield. "He told me he had just gotten down to U-Va., and I was his first phone call. He was going to meet with the players and then he was going to call me again tonight."

Spurlock said he was aware of Bennett's credentials at Washington State: Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2006-07, two NCAA tournament appearances and being relatively young, 39 years old. "I heard a raving report that he's really a good person as well," Spurlock said. "Right now, I want to sit down and meet with him and shee where I fit in his system. I heard he has a slow-it-down system. I want to see if he's changing it here."

Any meeting though, probably won't take place until next week; Spurlock is scheduled to play in Charm City Challenge all-star game this weekend in Baltimore.

"To even think about going through that four-year recruiting process again is very draining," Spurlock said. "Once you sign that letter-of-intent, you hope everything is good to go. Now I have to go with the flow. I'm definitely going to sit and listen and I'm definitely going to give him a chance."

By Josh Barr  | March 31, 2009; 5:22 PM ET
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I'm impressed that Bennett called Tristan Spurlock before he even met the current players. Obviously someone (Landesberg) let him know who he needs to get in touch with and when.

If Spurlock is able to watch some game tape from Bennett's offense, he'll see that the blocker-mover O is really not that slow. It's the same offense that Bobby Knight had at Indiana all those years. The blockers keep moving to get the scorers (Landesberg, Spurlock) free.

It's a great system for getting open shots.

Also, learning that sticky man-to-man from a former NBA player has got to be worth something! Think Bennett (and Spurlock) will be really good for UVA's program. They are going to win a LOT of games.

Posted by: BlueVA | March 31, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Josh, with the changes at Memphis, what are the chances that the three signees decommit from there?

Posted by: Siamese1 | March 31, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Any word on whether some of Bennett's Wash St. recruits might jump ship and come to UVa?

Posted by: nalsmith | April 1, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone would be floored if all three end up at Memphis.

Posted by: Josh Barr | April 3, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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