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Louisville forward Ray Spalding to enter 2018 NBA Draft

Louisville v Duke

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 21: Ray Spalding #13 of the Louisville Cardinals blocks a shot by Wendell Carter Jr #34 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 82-56. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Tuesday morning, Louisville forward Ray Spalding announced via his Instagram account that he has decided to forego his final season of collegiate eligibility and remain in the 2018 NBA Draft. The decision comes less than two weeks after Spalding originally entered the draft, at the time doing so without an agent.

After serving as a reserve in each of his first two seasons at Louisville, the 6-foot-10 Spalding moved into the starting lineup in 2017-18. Playing an average of 27.7 minutes per game, Spalding contributed 12.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per night for a Louisville team that finished the season 22-14 and reached the quarterfinals of the Postseason NIT.

Spalding’s departure means that new head coach Chris Mack will have at least three spots in the starting lineup to fill, with point guard Quentin Snider and center Anas Mahmoud both having exhausted their eligibility. Junior wing Deng Adel, who led the team in scoring with an average of 14.9 points per game, has also entered the 2018 NBA Draft but is going through the process without an agent.