U of L hoops evaluations: Adidas Invitational

Raymond Spalding

INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Louisville men's basketball staff spent some time in Indianapolis during the first evaluation period at the adidas Invitational Tournament. Here's a closer look at the prospects the Cardinals were watching.

The adidas Invitational in Indianapolis has been a hot spot during the first evaluation period of the summer for years.

While it didn't have as much elite talent this year, there was still some talent to see for the University of Louisville basketball staff.

U of L coach Rick Pitino spent part of a day, while assistant coach Kenny Johnson spent most of two days at North Central High School:

Here's a closer look at the few prospects the Cardinals are recruiting in the event:

Raymond Spalding: The 6-foot-9 power forward from Trinity High School has a Louisville offer and was sensational on the first day of the event. He has shown a tremendous amount of improvement since the end of the high school season. His motor is going at a faster pace and at a more consistent effort. Spalding looked like a pro in the effort on Wednesday night and still throughout the weekend played at a high, high level. He has a bunch of offers and will continue to hear from other schools. Sounds like he really likes U of L and Xavier and also has Indiana in his top three. The Cardinals are certainly the favorite, but it's interesting that he's still looking around after the U of L offer. Folks, he's a good one and is going to be a great college player. He just has to play more consistent all the time.

Justin Jackson: The 6-foot-7 Canadian in the 2016 class might have been the best player I saw all weekend - besides Jaylen Brown. Jackson is so smooth and so athletic. He does a little bit of everything and does it pretty easy. The Cards offered after the weekend. I would expect Jackson to be the next big thing from Canada.

Paul Scruggs: Yes, he's in the Class of 2017 and one of the first prospects in that class we know the Cardinals have already taken a look at, but he's a pretty special talent. He's a 6-foot-3 combo guard from Southport, Ind., who already has several scholarship offers. He averaged 13.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game on the varsity level as a freshman. He will be a major prospect and has a good relationship with Kenny Johnson.

Kris Wilkes: The 6-foot-6 Class of 2017 prospect from Indianapolis North Central already has a 6-foot-9 wingspan and is going to be a player. He averaged 9.4 points as a freshman, could grow to about 6-9 or so and it appears has the ability to play out on the floor. On a team with four potential Division I players (including Scruggs), Wilkes could have the most overall potential because of his size and length.

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