Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino provided a summer update for fans on his personal website Monday and boy, did he rave about junior power forward Ray Spalding.
“Better late than never. The light has really come on with him,” Pitino wrote. “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!”
The players that Pitino discusses on his website receive a performance ranking between 1-5 with 5 being the best. The Cardinals coach awarded Spaling a ranking of 5+.
Spalding averaged between 5.0 and 6.0 points in each of his first two seasons at Louisville. Last year, he recorded 5.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest while shooting 59.0 percent in 19.2 minutes. It would be a great help to the Cardinals if the former 4-star recruit could take his game to another level or two this winter.
Transfer Dwayne Sutton and rising sophomore V.J. King have also impressed Pitino this summer. The Louisville coach awarded Sutton a 5 and King a 5-, respectively, on his grading system.
King was a 5-star recruit in the 2016 recruiting class, but Pitino described him as a “timid freshman” in his blog post. Sutton didn’t play last season after he transferred from UNC Asheville.