Leaving a good impression

  Posted on: October 8, 2005

By GREG LAYSON
Sports reporter
KamloopsThisWeek

Sean Garvey just can’t keep a secret.

For nearly a week, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack guard has been going on about fellow floor general Charlie Spurr.

“You never really know how to judge a kid once he jumps up to that next level,” said Garvey, an accomplished All-Canadian with the University College of The Cariboo Sun Demons last season.

On the weekend, Garvey got his cardinal firsthand look at Spurr, the Pack’s only incoming recruit this fall.

“He came in here and was phenomenal,” enthused Garvey, who, with a handful of other returning Pack members, held a private, behind-closed-doors scrimmage Saturday. “I mean, yeah, in high school he was tearing apart kids, but he was tearing apart kids that might not ever play again.”

Spurr, a point guard from Victoria’s Lambrick Park secondary, caught the eye of Pack head coach Nevin Gleddie at the 2005 B.C. High School AA Boys Basketball Championship, held at Sport Mart Place in March.

“I think I got a real diamond here,” said Gleddie, who also witnessed Spurr workout with the team on the weekend. “He handles the ball like nobody’s business.”

Spurr averaged 25-plus points for Lambrick in 2004-2005, en route to a provincial silver medal. In 2003 and 2004, his Lions were gold medalists.

At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds Spurr makes up for vertical shortcomings in deadly ways. He’s fleet, with a break-ankle-crossover he quickly converts into a made mid-range jump shot.

“He hit shots on me, crossed me over and lit up other guys with his jumper,” said Garvey, a 6-foot-3 Westsyde secondary grad whose game recently scored him an interview with Ballerz, Canada’s newest hoops magazine.

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“I have no qualms about playing him as a rookie,” said Gleddie of the prospect no one wanted.

“He’s going to contribute right away,” promised Garvey, “which is very rare for a guy right out of high school.”

Despite good grades and relentless work ethic, only TRU came calling for Spurr. “I really was [surprised no other CIS schools showed interest]. I felt really underrated this season,” Spurr told KTW back in April.

The hardwood quarterback was a tournament all-star five different times this past season, including the provincial final, an all-star accolade he received in back-to-back seasons.

“For whatever reason I didn’t get mentioned very much.” Lately, people in the know can’t stop talking about him.