Although he spent the majority of the summer in Orlando, Tristan Spurlock made several trips home to the Washington, D.C., area, and the return to the nation's capital was certainly worthwhile from a basketball standpoint. The forward, who is entering his junior campaign at UCF, played in seven total games in the famed Kenner League and helped his team claim the championship title.
Kenner League games are played at McDonough Arena on the Georgetown campus and feature college and professional players from the D.C. area. Former Kenner League players include Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Steve Francis, Dikembe Mutombo, Gilbert Arena and Othella Harrington.
Spurlock averaged around 23 points over the summer and earned MVP honors after totaling 20 points in the championship game.
Kenner League games are played on over the weekend, and the schedule allowed Spurlock to compete as a member of DCX, a squad that was the only team in the league that featured only college players. His teammates included Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington of Georgetown and Jamal Olaswere of LIU-Brooklyn.
In the championship contest, DCX posted a 109-81 win over Pro Athletics. Former Knight Mike Battle played for Pro Athletics.
Spurlock feels that his play in the Kenner League will serve as a springboard into the 2012-13 campaign for the Knights.
"This was a good opportunity," he said. "I had the chance to focus on a lot of the things that I was working on all summer. It was a chance for me to be more aggressive. I wasn't just a shooter. I had the chance to push the ball and take the ball to the basket."