Spalding enjoying IU, recruiting process

INDIANAPOLIS — The future is now in a manner of speaking for Ray Spalding, a 6-foot-9, four-star recruit for the class of 2015 who has picked up offers from Indiana and Louisville in recent months.

Spalding, a four-star, 6-foot-9 forward/center, put on an impressive show in his Adidas Invitational opener for The Ville 2015 squad on Wednesday night with 36 points and 14 rebounds in front of Indiana coach Tom Crean, among others.

The numbers weren’t as spectacular in Friday night’s bracket play opener at North Central High School, a 61-52 win over Shining Star Sports (Ohio). Spalding had 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, including The Ville’s first 10 points of the second half. Overall, it still might be proof of a more concentrated approach to his game.

“Developing as a better basketball player, being more aggressive, shooting the ball better and rebounding the ball better,” Spalding said of his goals for the summer. “I think the key for me to move on to the next level is to have the change of mindset.”

That said, Spalding has seen college interest explode since last summer, picking up offers from the likes of Indiana and Louisville to bolster an already significant amount of Divison I interest.

Although Spalding mentioned Xavier, along with the Hoosiers and Cardinals, as three of his top options earlier this week in media reports, he was quick to note on Friday that his recruitment remains wide open.

“It’s just really exciting. I’m just taking it all in,” he said. “I haven’t made any decisions yet — don’t have a top five, top 10. Just taking it all in.”

And Spalding says he is enjoying the recruiting process and all the new relationships it brings, too.

“I’ve enjoyed talking to a new and different coaching staff every day,” he said. “I’m getting to know all those guys. They’re all great guys and great programs.”

That includes Indiana, whose fans and media have gotten Spalding’s attention during his time in Indianapolis, complementing what the senior-to-be has picked up from the Hoosier coaching staff.

“I’ve realized how great Indiana really is as a university and as a whole,” he said. “The state of Indiana is great — the fans, the atmosphere and the coaching staff. It’s a great place.”

5 comments

  1. I see where Etherington is out 3-4 months for Butler after having foot surgery. That guy can’t catch a break.

  2. It would sure be nice to see IU finally get a 2015 commitment. I notice other schools are signing top rated players. I am wondering since ESPN came out with their top 50 coaches list and Crean was not one of them, is that turning off recruits?

  3. HH, I don’t think that ESPN has anything to do with it. We were only 2 games over .500 last year. One and done potential not only is looking for a way to get drafted in the Lottery, but they would like to play for a school that can make some noise in the tournament. Indiana’s performance on the court last year is likely the biggest contributor to other schools getting better ranked HS kids.

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