Interest rising for 2015 Spalding

Raymond Spalding, a four-star recruit out of Louisville (Ky.) showed improvement during his junior season and is starting to pick up more interest.

Raymond Spalding's development over the past few years has been evident. I first evaluated him in between his freshman and sophomore seasons at the EYBL Hampton event in 2012.

At that time he had just grown seven inches and showed promise. He ran the floor well, showed good hands and blocked shots.

Unfortunately for Spalding he broke a bone in his left leg later that spring and it slowed his development. Last summer, Spalding began to get healthy and averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds a game for the Kentucky Travelers on the EYBL circuit.

Since then, Spalding has continued to make improvements and now he's pushing 6-foot-10. His junior season has been his most successful, as he's averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds for Louisville (Ky.) Trinity.

"As a player I think I've gotten more aggressive and confidence is key," Spalding told

Much like he was as a young player, Spalding is still quite mobile. He runs end-to-end with ease, is a solid athlete and he's starting to become a more effective defensive player. Offensively he shows flashes and has the tools to be productive.

With his improvement came more interest from college programs. Spalding rattled off an offer list that includes Butler, Xavier, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Clemson, Dayton and Northwestern.

Chris Collins, Brandon Miller and Brad Brownell watched him during the first round of the Kentucky Sweet 16 on Wednesday. Rick Pitino watched him play just over a week ago and Kentucky has had an assistant watch him twice in the past two weeks.

Spalding said he grew up following the Cardinals.

"Growing up I was more of a Louisville fan," he said. "My grandmother, she grew up with Manuel Forrest and Tony Kimbro. She grew up with those guys and was really close friends with those guys."

"It's excellent," he added about Louisville recruiting him. "It's a great honor to have those guys watch me play."

Spalding took a pair of unofficial visits to Louisville during the season. He's also taken unofficial visits to Butler, Xavier and Dayton. Although Spalding doesn't have any visits set up, he wants to visit two schools.

"I know I want to visit [Kentucky] sometime and get a feel for this campus," he said just after playing a state tournament game in Rupp Arena. "I also really want to visit Northwestern. I have an offer from Northwestern."

Where is Spalding at with the process?

"I've thought about making a decision a couple of times, but you know I'm just a junior," Spalding said. "I have plenty of time. I'm just getting some information down on some things."

A four-star recruit, Spalding is currently ranked No. 75 overall in the 2015 class.

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