In the history of Louisville sports, there have been great high school basketball players who have went on to also join the University of Louisville Cardinals. Former Louisville players Darrell Griffith, Larry OBannon, and current freshmen guard Quentin Snider are all products of local Louisville high schools. U of L just recently added another great local high school player in Raymond Spalding.
Raymond Spalding who is currently a senior at Trinity High School in Louisville, is one of the most dynamic high school basketball players in the country. At 6 ft. 9 Spalding possess great shooting and ball handling skills that arent typical for a player his size. According to ESPN, Spalding is currently ranked in the top 40 of his 2015 graduating class and is ranked as the number 1 high school basketball player in the state of Kentucky. Spalding averaged nearly 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game with the Shamrocks last season.
Spalding also played for Louisvilles National AAU basketball team. He led the Ville to the National AAU championship game pass the New Albany City Rocks. Spalding was named the MVP of the tournament and had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 steals in the championship game. I asked Raymond about his last year of high school and his future as a Louisville Cardinal.
Me: What are you looking to accomplish in your last year of high school?
Spalding: In my last year of high school Im looking to improve as an athlete and as a young adult. I want to win a state championship and have fun, while still being focused. I am really looking forward to receiving my diploma as well and making my family proud.
Me: What have you gained from playing AAU basketball?
Spalding: AAU basketball has helped me play harder and become more physical against different athletes from around the country. In AAU I was playing against the best competition in the country, which has really helped me improve as a player.
Me: What made you decide to commit to the University of Louisville?
Spalding: I decided to commit to U of L because I felt that it was the best fit for me. Louisville is also my hometown and it would be a blessing for me to play in front of my family. I also believe that U of L will help me grow in other areas outside of basketball.
Me: What parts of your game do you feel you need to work on the most?
Spalding: I realize that there is always room for improvement and I look to improve on my shooting skills. I also look to improve on my ball handling skills, my energy level , and just being an impact player on both ends of the court.