Blue Devils express interest in 2015 PF

The class of 2015’s top Duke recruiting targets have long been established, but that doesn’t mean the board can’t evolve. This week the Blue Devils reached out to a four star power forward whose game continues to grow.

At the Adidas Indianapolis Invitational there was no better player on the floor on Wednesday than 6-foot-9 Kentucky prospect Raymond Spalding. The Trinity high school standout scored 37 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, handed out five assists, and recorded four steals in a big win. But it was the way he went about putting up that video game stat line that caught the attention of the Scout.com crew.

“It was clearly the performance of the day, and Spalding showed that he has as much potential as virtually anybody with his play,” said Scout.com’s Brian Snow. “At 6-foot-9 with long arms and high level athleticism, Spalding was hitting threes, showed a solid handle, and then also rebounded well. Beyond that he showed an ability to pass out of the post, and overall put every single skill on display you could want.”

Spalding hit 3 of 4 from three-point range and showed a wide-array of shots on the offensive end. He scored on dunks, tip-ins, short jumpers, mid-range shots and the threes.

Currently Spalding has offers from Northwestern, Louisville, Indiana, Clemson, Butler, and Vanderbilt among others. The Blue Devils have not yet offered, but reportedly made inquiries recently.

The Ville (AAU) coach David Levitch and Trinity (high school) coach Mike Szabo both said Duke has called and "expressed an interest." And, should Spalding continue to improve, his recruitment could continue to evolve and expand.

"I feel like I have gotten better," Spalding said. "This is what I want to look like in college, but I want to be bigger than I am now. I'm just trying to get better."

Duke currently has offers extended to five star players Diamond Stone, Chase Jeter, Henry Ellenson, and four star prospect Brandon Ingram in the class of 2015 on top of the commitment from five star wing, Luke Kennard.


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