It looks like Harlan County High School will be a popular destination for college basketball coaches over the next several years. Air Force assistant coach Nate Zandt was in Harlan County on Thursday to watch 6-foot-6 junior guard Treyce Spurlock during an open gym workout.
It’s exciting for Treyce to receive that kind of attention from a Division I school,” Harlan County coach Michael Jones said. “We knew it was a matter of time before colleges became interested in his abilities. Treyce is a humble kid who works hard, and we know this will only push him to work harder.”
Spurlock averaged 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds a game last year and is one of two three-year starters on this year’s team. Several Internet sites have Spurlock ranked among the top players in the Class of 2017 in Kentucky, including Prep Hoops Kentucky. Wofford, Navy and UCS-Upstate are other Division I schools interested in Spurlock.
“Treyce is a lights out shooter from both 3 and mid-range,” said NextUpRecruits. “He excels at coming off screens and has good form and a quick release on his shot. Treyce moves well without the ball and is a throwback player with his ability to read screens and utilize the jab step. Treyce is a willing passer who sees the game one pass ahead.”
HCHS lost three starters to graduation from last year’s 52nd District championship team, but the Bears had a strong summer with Spurlock and Cameron Carmical joined in the starting lineup by junior center David Turner and sophomore guards Drew Nolan and Tyrese Simmons. Sophomore guard Andrew Creech and sophomore forward Lamar Burkhart also saw extensive action.
Spurlock has grown up around basketball. His father, Paul Mark Spurlock, played point guard at Cawood in the 1990s and went on to play at Morehead State University. His step-grandfather, Greg Coldiron, was an all-state forward for Cawood who received several Division I offers and went on to start at Morehead for four years before beginning a long coaching career, highlighted by leading Powell County to the 14th Region championship in 2003. He also coached at Maysville, Cawood, Russell County and Lafayette.
“With his length and ability to shoot the basketball, Treyce is already a low major D1 prospect,” said NextUpRecruits, which said Spurlock needed to improve his lateral quickness and add weight to play major college basketball.
Jones said the attention that Spurlock receives from Division I schools will be a boost for the Harlan County program.
“Anytime a college comes to watch one of your players, the entire program benefits from it,” he said. “We are working to build something special here for our community to be proud of, and this is a step in the right direction.”