Spalding talks top schools
One of the truly standout performances of the adidas Invitational was turned in by four-star power forward Raymond Spalding. The Louisville (Ken.) Trinity standout was tremendous showing his long term potential, and showed major improvement from the spring. After playing with the Kentucky Travelers for the majority of the spring, Spalding will run in July with The Ville on the AAU circuit, and he says it is a good fit for his game. “I enjoy playing with this team,” said Spalding. “I played with them growing up and after making a few adjustments it was kind of natural to play with them, and I have a few high school teammates on this team.” One thing that was definitely on display with Spalding was his outside shooting. At 6-foot-9 with long arms, Spalding does go down low, but he has really improved as a shooter out to the three point line. “I have been working on my shooting at Trinity every day and just it is something I have been working hard on,” said Spalding. Recruiting wise Spalding has an admitted top three of Indiana, Louisville, and Xavier, but says he isn’t locked in on just those three schools. “I am open and haven’t committed anywhere yet,” explained Spalding. “I am just open. I haven’t cut my list at all.” Louisville was his most recent offer, and it was a big one for him. Spalding grew up watching the Cardinals and feels good about the program. “That is right in my backyard,” said Spalding. “I love the place and it was a blessing to get that offer. I have been there a few times, and I like Coach (Rick) Pitino and the whole program.” Spalding visited Xavier multiple times during the month of June, and says he has built a tremendous relationship with the coaching staff there. “Travis Steele and Coach (Chris) Mack, those are my guys,” said Spalding of the Musketeers. “They said I would fit in well and I could play right away as a freshman.” Indiana boss Tom Crean was there on game one to see Spalding, and the two have built a good bond. “Me and Coach Crean, we talk a lot,” said Spalding. “When the head coach calls that means a lot and Coach Crean is a great guy, and it means a lot to have him recruit me so much.” For now Spalding isn’t locking himself into a timeline for a commitment. Currently he is viewed as the No. 12 power forward and No. 66 overall.
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