Corey Raji Carving Own Identity

Corey Raji watched as his brother, B.J., used a stellar career at Westwood Regional (N.J.) to earn a football scholarship at Boston College. Corey, a junior forward, is looking to make his mark on the hardwood.

B.J. Raji is a 300-pound sophomore right tackle on Boston College's football team. His younger brother, Corey, went in a different direction.

Corey Raji is a junior at Westwood Regional (N.J.), the same school in which his older brother starred a couple years ago on the gridiron.

``Watching my brother get up early in the morning to work out really motivates me," Corey said. "It makes me push myself."

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Raji averaged 26 points and 17 rebounds as a sophomore while spending the majority of his time in the post. His first game this season comes tonight against Riverdale.

``I play the five, but my coach allows me to play the one at times," Raji said.

It's no surprise that Raji's biggest asset is his strength and ability to overpower smaller opponents. He'll need to work on his perimeter skills prior to getting to college.

``It was a good experience," he said. "I got to go up against a lot of good players in my class and it also allowed me to get some exposure. A lot of people knew I could play, but it also let me know I could play with these guys."

Raji said that he wants to go to a college that likes to get up and down the floor. Majoring in business is also important.

For now, the main suitors are Seton Hall, St John's, Boston College and Miami.

``I don't have a favorite right now," he said. "But distance doesn't matter."

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