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Raymond Spalding makes hometown pledge to Louisville

Head coach Rick Pitino is loading up on big men as he prepares his Louisville Cardinals to go to war in the ACC. After landing four players taller than 6′-9″ in their 2014 recruiting class, the Cardinals have a second forward committed for 2015. Raymond Spalding, a 6′-9″ power forward from Trinity (KY), committed to the Cardinals on Sunday according to multiple reports.

Spalding, a top-100 prospect, follows on the heels of a pledge last week by 6′-7″ forward Deng Adel, a top-50 talent from Victory Rock Prep (FL). Indiana, Xavier and others had been pushing hard to land Spalding’s services.

The top prospect in the Bluegrass State, Spalding is a versatile offensive player that could play both forward positions to give the Cardinals a jumbo look with the bevy of talented interior players they are accumulating. He’s likely to have time to develop, as Louisville won’t need him immediately to play inside with their depth. Still, Spalding’s length and versatility means he’s one of the players with a quantifiable upside that could result in prolific improvement in college.

Spalding runs on the AAU circuit for The Ville, which is coached by the father of a walk-on at Louisville. His pledge puts Louisville in great shape in their ’15 effort so far, as they should be tracking on another top-25 class with another prospect or two.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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