(LOUISVILLE, KY) - The fact that Ray Spalding is a contributor for #19 UofL is not a shock, the fact he is contributing this much, this quickly, is to some.
Spalding enters tonights game against Kennesaw State (3-8) averaging 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Cards head coach Rick Pitino has made it no secret, he's a big fan.
" Ray is not only a great person, outstanding basketball player, but I think the Louisville fans are going to see one of the best forwards in quite some time here," Pitino said. "We've had some great ones with Scooter (McCray) and Rodney (McCray). We've had great one's going back before that. We've had some terrific basketball, but this young man has got a terrific career ahead of him."
Spalding has picked it up in the Cards last four home games, including a career-high 18 point, 12 rebound effort against North Florida on December 5. He has followed that up with 12 points against St. Francis, 8 against Grand Canyon and 11 against Eastern Michigan.
Plus, scoring is just one he affects a game. He is a deflection machine and has blocked 5 shots in the last two games combined.
Despite some competition that has been questioned, the Trinity High grad has also bought into Pitino's "One Day Contract" line of thinking.
" Coach really talks to us about playing each game like it's that Kentucky game, or Michigan State game, so you've just got to bring it," Spalding said.
Spalding, Pitino and the Cards tip off against the Owls at 7 p.m. tonight in the KFC YUM! Center.