TRINITY, 6-10, Sr., C
On the floor: A repeat first-team selection and the second-leading vote-getter behind Camron Justice, Spalding averaged 13 points, 8.7 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Shamrocks, who were ranked No. 1 before losing in the Seventh Region semifinals. The explosive, skilled big man is the best college prospect in the state, rated five stars and the No. 22 senior nationally by 247Sports.com.
Off the floor: Trinity coach Mike Szabo said Spalding’s close relationship with his mother has been special to see, and he knows that played a big part in Spalding choosing to stay home and play for the University of Louisville. “His family is very important to him, especially his mom. I’m really happy for her,” Szabo said.
Future: Spalding has signed with the Cardinals, committing last summer over offers from Indiana, Clemson, Tennessee and Xavier.
Quotable: “He’s a guy who can do it all,” Szabo said. “He can impact a game in so ways at both ends of the floor. There’s just not many guys who can do that. We’re all looking forward (to him going to U of L). I think it’s going to be a great challenge for him. He’s a great kid, and he’ll try really hard to do whatever coach (Rick) Pitino wants him to do.”