Raines Opts To Stay In-State

One of the surprise performers from the June NBA Camp was insider Cadarian Raines. The live-bodied, under the radar high-major prospect ended his recruitment on Friday.

The Virginia Tech Hokies struck during the middle period of the July evaluation cycle. Cadarian Raines, a 6-foot-8 center/forward out of Petersburg (Va.) High picked the Hokies after considering VCU and Maryland the strongest.

"It felt like a good fit for me," Raines told Scout.com. "I loved the coaches and the players. It's like a family."

Raines flew under the radar most of the year before distinguishing himself at the recent NBA Players Camp. Known in his area, Raines averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.

A prospect with lots of upside, he'll make his mark on the defensive side early. Blessed with length, Raines sports a live body and big ceiling.

Raines, who rolls with Petersburg Elite, wasn't concerned about a lack of exposure or flying under the radar. "I'm not worried about that at all. If I do good and bust my tail I'll get some playing time."

The Hokies own commitments from wing Manny Atkins and guards Erik Green and Ben Boggs. Three of the four players have ties to the state of Virginia.

Raines is ranked the No. 24 center in the country by Scout.com.


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