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