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Ray Spalding drafted 56th overall by Philadelphia, traded to Dallas

This is the sixth straight season a Louisville player has been drafted.

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Louisville’s Ray Spalding was selected 56th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of Thursday night’s NBA Draft. His draft rights were later traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

Spalding’s selection marks the sixth straight year that at least one Cardinal has heard his name called during the draft.

A graduate of Trinity High School, Spalding had a breakout junior season in 2017-18, averaging 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He earned honorable mention All-ACC honors for his efforts.

In April, Spalding announced on Instagram that he would be signing with an agent and keeping his name in the draft as opposed to returning to U of L and playing for new Louisville head coach Chris Mack.

“It’s been a journey like none other that allowed me to grow in areas I didn’t even know were possible. I’d like to thank my hardworking mother, god our savior and my close family members, for their unwavering support through it all,” Spalding said. “Most importantly I want to thank The City of Louisville for allowing me to live out my childhood dream and represent my city.”

Congrats to Ray on realizing his dream.