Raines, who boasts offers from Hampton and James Madison, is one of the hidden gems in his state. Why? "He really didn't play a whole lot of middle school basketball," Petersburg coach Bill Lawson told Scout.com. "When we got him in 9th grade he was real raw. This is his second year on the varsity."
This season Raines has made strong strides. The big man owns two triple-doubles since the start of the year. He scores 12.5 points a game. "He's been getting double-teamed a lot and he's not able to get ball as much as you'd like."
In a prime time matchup with Deshawn Painter and B.T. Washington, Raines shined. "He had 21, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks that night," Lawson said. "He lived up to it (that night)," Lawson said.