June 22nd, 2018

Trinity alum picked in NBA draft

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Conor Revell

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Trinity alum picked in NBA draft
Ray Spalding played for Trinity / file photo by Mark Sims

Trinity alum Raymond Spalding was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft with the 56th pick overall and was subsequently traded to the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night.

Spalding was a junior forward for the University of Louisville last season.

While at Trinity, Spalding helped lead the Rocks to the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament semifinals as a junior.

He finished his three-year varsity career with 941 points and 731 rebounds.

Press release from the University of Louisville                               

An All-ACC Honorable Mention selection, Spalding averaged 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds as a junior last season with 62 blocked shots and a team-high 54 steals.  A three-time All-ACC Academic team choice, he was sixth in the ACC and 54th in the nation in rebounding, averaging 8.7 per game -- nearly double his average from his sophomore year (5.5).  Spalding was also among the ACC leaders in steals (10th, 1.5 per game), blocked shots (ninth, 1.72) and offensive rebounding (third, 3.14 per game, 33rd in the nation).

The 6-10 Louisville native had 11 double-doubles for the season (sixth-most in the ACC) and 13 in his career.  He scored a career-high 23 points with 12 rebounds at Notre Dame on Jan. 16.  He chose to enter the 2018 NBA Draft following his junior season.


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