Spalding, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward from Trinity High School in Louisville, has quickly become one of Tom Crean's primary targets in the 2015 class. His game has continued to improve over the last six months, and he seems like a lock to be a top 50 player when everything is decided in the class.
Spalding exploded for 37 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a game on Wednesday night at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. Crean and Xavier coach Chris Mack were on hand for the monster performance.
On Thursday, Spalding told reporters that Indiana, Xavier and Louisville are currently his top three schools, in no particular order. Louisville offered him a scholarship recently and has former IU assistant Kenny Johnson on staff.
But Indiana has been in good shape with Spalding all along because of the amount of time and effort Crean and his staff have put into recruiting him. Crean and Spalding are quickly building a special relationship, one that could end up being very important for Indiana.
Spalding also said Duke has recently called to express interest, but no offer has been handed out.
"He's becoming one of my best friends," Spalding told reporters of Crean. "He's just a great guy and a great coach."
Spalding told reporters that he exchanges texts with Crean at least three times every day.
The ceiling for Spalding is incredibly high. He's got the size and athleticism, and he continues to build strength and develop his skill set. In Wednesday night's performance, he was able to score out of the post and from behind the arc, rebounded and passes the ball well, and also showed off solid ball handling skills.
Louisville will undoubtedly be tough to beat for Spalding considering he's from the city, but Crean has done a great job with him thus far and appears to be in great shape.
“It’ll be tough to come to a decision because those are three great schools,” Spalding told reporters. “The head coaches there are tremendous guys. When it comes down to making a decision, it’ll be pretty tough.
“I may wait it out until spring some time.”