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13 - Raymond Spalding

Louisville 

  • Birthday: 3/11/97
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 215
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • High School: Trinity
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Overall

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2018
Mock:  56

NBA Comparison: Ryan Hollins

Strengths: Spalding will enter the NBA with his size, length and physical talent as his main selling points … A high level "wiry" athlete with good ability to run the floor ... He was a steals and block machine his junior season in 2017-2018, averaging 1.5 spg and 1.7 bpg… Standing at 6-10 with a formidable wingspan, he can be a presence and potentially become a defensive specialist in the pros … He made strides this past season with his jump shot and scoring proficiency, shooting at a 54.3 field goal percentage clip … Spalding matured well stepping into the starting role this past year after serving as a reserve his first two seasons … With those three seasons of experience as a starter and reserve, Spalding will enter the draft with experience of playing high competition basketball against some of the top programs in the country (Duke, UNC, Virginia etc.) ... At 21 and without having had great skill development, still may have some untapped potential ...

Weaknesses: Didn't develop into much as an offensive player, but some of that could be due to Louisville's system ... His post game remains limited ... Lack of consistency and desire are two of scouts big criticisms regarding Spalding ... He only logged one season as a starter and his Cardinals didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament so he is lacking serious, top level postseason experience … His offensive numbers never came around this season to star levels, only hitting on 26 percent of threes and 64 percent of free throws … He was a bit too undisciplined at times on defense, with 13 games last season of four or more fouls … Needs to add more strength and bulk to his frame to contend with NBA bigs ...

Overall: Spalding’s athleticism and freakish length on the offensive and defensive end have many thinking he could be the steal of the draft… He has already established himself as a solid rebounder, shot blocker and length defender, but his offensive skillset needs to be polished up and his face up scoring is not ready for the next level.

Notes: Measured: 6' 9'' barefoot, 6' 10.25'' in shoes, 215.4 lbs, 7' 4.75'' wingspan, 9' 1'' standing reach, 5.55% body fat, 9.25 inch hand length at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine ... Spalding is a Louisville native so he didn’t need to travel far to play college basketball … He was the team’s second leading scorer (12.3 points per game) and leading rebounder (8.7 rebounds per game) in his junior year … Chose Louisville after offers from Indiana, Tennessee, Clemson and Xavier … He was a three-time All-ACC Honorable mention and three-time All-ACC Academic team choice … His 7-4.75 wingspan was sixth-best among all participants at the NBA Combine.

Matthew Harvey 6/15/18

June 10, 2014

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