2021 Rock Ridge (VA) point guard Greg Spurlock didn’t need an extra year to figure out where he wanted to be. He knew all along and didn’t waste anytime announcing his decision to attend Coppin State after high school.
“I really like the coaches there,” he said. “[Head] coach Juan Dixon not only knows the game but has played it at the highest level in the NBA for eight years.”
“I feel as if he and the assistant coaches can really help me grow and get to my goals. They were also one of the very few schools that truly believed in me and what I could do. That was possibly the biggest thing for me.”
Playing for a head coach that was the 17th overall pick in the NBA draft in 2002 was a huge deciding factor. To have a coach that has played at the highest level believe in him so much meant a lot, but there was also the HBCU angle that really intrigued him as well.
“It was very huge,” he said of Coppin State being an HBCU. “My whole family went to an HBCU and I wanted to carry on the tradition. It was even better that it is only an hour away from home.”
Coach Dixon, a point guard for four different franchises in the NBA, will have his chance to mold another talented player that has the size, skills and intangibles. He’s expecting to learn a lot from him in the future, and wants fans should expect a much improved point guard from year-to-year.
“A point guard who truly knows how to play the game,” he explained. “I take pride in getting my teammates involved and always try to make the right play no matter who is on the floor.”
“A point guard who also takes pride in his defense a lot.”