Indiana showing heavy interest in 2015 big man Raymond Spalding

  • 02/11/2014 9:59 am in

Indiana’s need to land a big man in the class of 2015 is no secret and the Hoosiers are involved with several elite prospects who have high interest in the program.

But one prospect who has flown a bit under the radar until recently is Louisville Trinity (Ky.) forward Raymond Spalding. The 6-foot-9, 205 pound big man was scouted by Tom Crean on Jan. 28 and visited Bloomington on Feb. 2 for IU’s win over Michigan.

Inside the Hall watched Spalding on Feb. 7 and he finished with six points, six rebounds and four blocks in a 62-39 win over Western. It was just his second game back following a toe injury.

Rated the No. 111 prospect nationally in the 247Composite, Spalding, who has a 7-foot-2 wingspan, already has eight scholarship offers and interest from several high major programs.

“I talked to Indiana all through the summer. It’s a great program,” Spalding told Inside the Hall. “Coach (Tom) Crean is a great guy and coach Tim Buckley is a great guy, too. Their interest level is very high. I talked to them after the (Michigan) game a lot and they seem really, really interested in me.”

Trinity coach Mike Szabo described IU’s involvement with Spalding as “consistent” and “constant.”

According to Szabo, Spalding is still very early in the recruiting process.

“He’s not anywhere with any of it,” Szabo said. “Over the last two months, every time somebody comes to watch him play, they walk away going ‘wow.’ Everybody sees the great potential in the kid. He’s long, he can run and he’s pretty athletic as well. He’s still developing his game. He’s a young kid and he’s got so much potential and I think everybody sees that.”

Spalding’s physical attributes are impressive and the upside in his game is clear. But in order to take the next step in his development, he must, according to Szabo, become more consistent.

“He’s had nights where he almost looks like, ‘Ok, he’s legit, he’s arrived,’ but he’s got to be able to be consistent with it and have back-to-back efforts and just stay tough,” Szabo said. “If you could have seen him a year ago from today, the amount of progress that he’s made in that stretch of time, if he can do that same amount again and be here next year, oh man. He’s going to be really, really good.”

The eight schools who have offered Spalding are Boston College, Butler, Clemson, Cleveland State, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Xavier.

That list is likely to grow this summer as more schools become aware of his progress. Besides Indiana, schools like Georgia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, Northwestern and Virginia Tech have expressed interest.

So how would an offer from Indiana impact his recruitment?

“It would change a lot of things,” Spalding said. “They’re definitely in my top five, top three schools.”

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  • SCHoosier

    A big with “potential” is great..a big with “ready to play ability” (Giddens for example) would obviously be better. Glad TC is looking at all of them.

  • IU_TheOracle

    Can’t hurt to take a look at this kid. We need as many bigs as possible at this point. I think this article should address IU’s need to sign at least one big for the class of 2014 as we are dead in the water if Noah leaves.

  • RonB

    I thought he was a 2015 kid? If so, he has 2 years to get better ,bigger and stronger

  • New rankings out this morning have Spalding at No. 75 in the class of 2015.

  • Jay Davis

    What the heck does he mean when he says at the very end of this story, “They’re definitely in my top five,top three schools? LOL. How do you get a top five out of top three???????

  • Example? Here’s what I’m seeing:

  • N71

    I read that as his first thought was 5 schools and then thought just a second more and put us at #3 at a minimum. In a split second we went from #5 to #3, I like our chances with a little more time.

  • Ransom-of-Thulcandra

    Sorry, Alex, I should have indicated that I am reading this on an iPad. It makes no difference whether portrait or landscape, there is no margin to the left of text at all.

    Unfortunately, I am not sure how to get a screen clip from an iPad.

  • Got it. We’ve got some iPad design improvements in the works, but it’ll be after the season.

  • William Hagenmaier

    Noah ain’t going nowhere

  • marcusgresham

    At the very least, given that he’s at Trinity, he should be intelligent. Kid could use a sandwich or three, though.

  • Kyl470

    I’m guessing that your double negative means that you think Noah is going pro?

  • IUBizmark

    Simultaneously press the button at the top (sleep/wake) and the home button takes a screen shot. Then just go to your camera roll.

  • IUBizmark

    If I could make one other observation, I’m on a mac using Chrome and when I click the link to “Read” on an article, it delivers me to a point several lines past what I read before the jump so I have to scroll up to read what was skipped. I think it may have to do with the banner at the top.

  • We’ll look to address when the iPad version is updated following the season. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

  • Outoftheloop

    Could that top 3 be IU, Louisville, and KY, if he gets offers from all three? That’s my guess for a kid growing up in “Kentuckiana”.

  • Outoftheloop

    Translated as “is going somewhere” includes BOTH the NBA AND his Sophomore year at IU, as well as countless other logical possibilities, such as transferring to Harvard.

  • William Hagenmaier

    you must be a purdue graduate