Louisville gets another hometown star

The University of Louisville has signed one of the top players in Kentucky for the second year in a row. Trinity's Raymond Spalding gives the Cardinals' a hometown star and a top 40 prospect nationally in the Class of 2015. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Former Ballard High School standout Quentin Snider ended a 22-year drought of the University of Louisville landing a Kentucky Mr. Basketball when he signed last November.

Now, the Cardinals have a real shot to go two in a row.

Snider is a freshman on the U of L roster and the newest member of the Cardinals' program is Trinity High School forward Raymond Spalding. The 6-foot-10 Spalding has signed with the Cardinals and is a leading contender for Kentucky Mr. Basketball.

"We want to keep the very best players at home," U of L coach Rick Pitino said over the summer - before Spalding committed. "That's important for our program."

And for two straight years, the best player in Louisville has signed with the Cardinals. Spalding is ranked as the No. 40 overall player in the country by Scout.com.

"It's so cool for me to be able to stay home," Spalding said. "I always wanted to do that and there are so many positives about it. It's home for me."

Spalding made a drastic rise in the rankings. He helped Trinity beat Snider's Ballard team and make it to the Sweet 16 last season.

During the spring and summer, Spalding helped The Ville to an AAU national title and rose to four-star status among the '15 prospects.

"I love Ray's upside and what he has a chance to become," Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels said. "He's mobile, athletic and has a lot of impressive tools on the offensive end."

Spalding has a chance to be a star for the Cardinals and he's an important piece to the three-man class ranked No. 3 in the nation.

And Spalding said he's "just so excited" to put on the uniform of the hometown team. He said he's been a longtime U of L fan. The previous Mr. Basketball to sign with U of L before Snider was in 1992 and '93 when Tick Rogers and Jason Osborne signed in back-to-back years with the Cardinals.

"It's an honor to be loved by your community," Spalding said. "I'm staying home and playing in front of the hometown fans, that's a real blessing."


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