Following an impressive July evaluation period that helped secure a scholarship offer from Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, the Louisville Trinity forward committed to the Cardinals and then proceeded to cap it off by helping The Ville win the 11th Grade AAU national title.
Playing in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center - the first year the event has been held in the Derby City - Spalding and his teammates, many of who have been together since grade school, celebrated on the court before and after the awards presentation.
"It's a great feeling," Spalding told Cardinal Authority following the game. "It's very exciting to play in your hometown and win it all. These guys have really worked for it. Since fourth grade we have dreamed of doing this in AAU ball."
The 6-foot-9 four-star prospect had 15 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and one assist in The Ville's 46-40 win over Albany City Rocks.
"In a game like this I never think of the stats," he said of his performance. "I just really love getting my teammates involved in the game."
Most of his games, when premitted by the NCAA, were attended by Pitino.
The Ville finished 8-0 in the event. Spalding finished the event with 120 points, 61 rebounds, 31 blocked shots, 20 assists and 18 steals.
With AAU play now over, the future Cardinal will remained focused on improving and being ready for his senior season.
"We'll be going in the gym some more and getting some workouts in and in the weight room, definitely."