Raymond Spalding starts July on a high note

INDIANAPOLIS - Trinity High School power forward Raymond Spalding, one of the top targets for the University of Louisville in the Class of 2015, started the July evaluation period with a bang. Cardinal Authority was there and spoke to Spalding about his 37-point effort.

Playing with two of his high school teammates on a team he played with when he was younger, Trinity High School senior Raymond Spalding started the July evaluation period on a high note on Wednesday night at North Central High.

The 6-foot-9 Spalding, one of the top Louisville targets in the Class of 2015, put up 37 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals as The Ville beat UA Grind in the first game of the adidas Invitational.

Spalding played with The Ville when he was younger and was teamed up with Trinity teammates Jax Levitch and Michael Stafford.

"It was great and I enjoyed playing with these guys," Spalding said. "I had to make a few adjustments playing with these guys, it was kind of nice getting back out there with them."

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.

"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."

Spalding recently picked up an offer from Louisville and also has offers from Xavier, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Butler Clemson, Boston College, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Dayton and Western Kentucky. The Ville coach David Levitch and Trinity coach Mike Szabo both said Duke has called and "expressed an interest."

But heading into the July period, Spalding said he was "wide open" on the college decision and noted he hopes to narrow his list by the end of the month. He would then take some official visits before making a decision.

Indiana coach Tom Crean was among the coaches watching, along with coaches from Xavier, Vandy, Butler, Western Kentucky and more.

"I try not to look over there," said Spalding, who confirmed U of L coach Rick Pitino will be in to watch him on Thursday.

"(Louisville) is right in my back yard," he said. "I love the place and liked getting the offer. I think it took a little pressure off me. But I haven't cut my list at all."

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