Trinity junior has 8 offers; U of L interest

Louisville Trinity junior Raymond Spalding has eight offers and now has the hometown school – the University of Louisville – in the mix. Cardinal Authority spoke with the 6-foot-10 Spalding about his interest from the Cardinals.

As one of the top 2015 prospects in the state of Kentucky, Louisville Trinity big man Raymond Spalding already has eight scholarship offers.

Spalding claims offers from Xavier, Butler, Dayton, Western Kentucky, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Cleveland State and Boston College.

Now, the University of Louisville has jumped into the mix. The Cardinals have yet to offer but all three assistant coaches have seen Spalding and U of L head coach Rick Pitino stopped in earlier this week to check him out.

"I feel blessed," Spalding said. "I really like the Louisville program and any kid would want to stay and play for the hometown team.

"It's just a good feeling to have (Pitino) watch me."

Spalding has also heard from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and had an assistant from Kentucky at his game on Thursday night.

"It's a great feeling to have these opportunities," Spalding said. "I can't do anything but stay humble and blessed and keep working harder.

"I just need to listen to everything coach (Mike) Szabo says and keep working as hard as I can to get better."

Spalding, who plays AAU for the Kentucky Travelers, said he does "think I do want to stay close to home," for college but isn't close to a decision.

Pitino told him the staff would remain in contact and that he was a prime target in the Class of 2015 for the Cardinals.

"When I talked to coach Pitino he told me my game was a lot like Earl Clark's," Spalding said. "But he also told me in a couple of years that if I was more aggressive and physical that I could be more like a Montrezl (Harrell)-type.

"At this point, I am not for sure but I think I would be very interested (in the Cardinals if they offered)."

Spalding has been to several U of L games this season.

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