Raivio Bulking Up His Recruitment

"With my height, it looks like I'm so skinny," Derek Raivio said. "They can't really tell how tall I am. I'm 6-1." While Raivio is quick to point out height and weight to observers, his skill level is much more discernable.

More Offers Coming In

Vancouver (WA) Mountain View star Derek Raivio averaged 23 points a game last year. He's the son of a former professional basketball player. Rick Raivio attended Portland and was drafted by the Lakers. However, he broke his ankle at team camp and when an agent offered him a better deal overseas, he spent the next 11 years outside of the United States.

Now, another Raivio is on the verge of making his mark in college basketball.

Admittedly, I thought Derek Raivio was about 6-0 and weighed 140 pounds. However, he swears he's 6-1 and 155. Regardless, he has legitimate shot making and passing ability at the point guard position. The Belgium born playmaker says he can eat anything but doesn't gain weight (nice problem to have, huh?).

Prior to the Houston Kingwood Classic, he had one scholarship offer: Portland. Now, New Mexico has stepped to the plate and offered. Texas isn't far behind. Gonzaga, Pepperdine and Arizona are interested and the Wildcats called Thursday about him.

"It's new to me," Raivio said. "I'm going to choose a school after I see the style of play. I'll need to see what suits me best. I don't like sitting in a half court game all the time."

Raivio realized that Kingwood presented him a chance to breakout with the college coaches in attendance. "Down here in Vancouver, I'm in between Portland and Seattle and it's not a (basketball) hotbed. I knew I had a chance to breakout." And he did.

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