In his own words, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino singled out the players that are impressing him the most through summer workouts.
On his personal blog on rickpitino.net, the coach pegged junior forward Ray Spalding, UNC Asheville transfer Dwayne Sutton and sophomore wing V.J. King as the top three Cardinals through recent workouts. He detailed a 1-5 grading scale, with all earning a “5” and Spalding generating a “5-plus.”
Pitino then went on to explain why the marks were earned for each of the three players.
On Spalding: “Better late than never. The light has really come on with him. He’s working hard and reaching his potential. Spending the time to improve all phases of his game. Jump shot improved and very active at both ends!”
On Sutton: “Terrific athlete who plays incredibly hard. His jump shot has much improved and is active at both ends. Great pick-up for our program. This Manual (High School) player will give us much needed depth.”
On King: “Has gone from a timid freshman to a physical sophomore. Stronger and now loves contact. Scores with and without the ball. Has to improve his passing but really pleased with his progress.”
Spalding had the most significant role of the three last season, playing 19.2 minutes per game, averaging 5.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. King, a herald recruit, plays 13.5 minutes per game and chipped in 5.5 points per game.
Sutton joins Louisville this season after sitting out the last. He scored 12.0 points per game during his lone season at UNC-Asheville.
Pitino also mentioned his standing on the rest of this team, from which he is seeking more steady play.
“The other guys all have talent,” Pitino wrote. “Their play is not as consistent as the top three, but that is what we strive for in the summer months. We will once again play one of the top schedules in the nation. With our length and athleticism, this should be a fun season for all and recruiting continues to be going well.”