Bush Takes Closer Look at Ragin' Cajuns

New Orleans native Raekwon Bush plans to wait a while before making his college decision, but the Class of 2016 all-state forward from Edna Karr High recently took an unofficial visit to the Louisiana campus.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Bush made the drive to the city of Lafayette in late September when the Ragin’ Cajuns had a football game against Akron.

“It was an unofficial visit and my first time there,” Bush said. “They gave me a tour of campus and I got to eat lunch and scrimmage with the team. I had a good conversation with the coaches and I liked the practice facility. It felt like home to me.”

Bush currently claims offers from the Cajuns and Southeastern Louisiana as well as interest from schools including Arizona, Iowa, Oral Roberts and Tulsa.

Last season Bush earned Class 4A all-state honorable mention recognition and made the All-District 10-4A team after averaging 12.8 points per game as Karr went 25-10 and reached the state quarterfinals. As a sophomore Bush averaged 11.7 points and was all-district.

“I can play the 2, 3 and the 4,” Bush said. “When I play the 3, I slash and cut to the goal a lot. I can shoot, but I never really shoot outside because I like going to the goal. I like to play tough and physical defense and bring a lot of energy and intensity to the team. I’ll go all out and take a charge and do whatever my team needs me to do.”

This summer Bush played for Elfrid Payton Elite of the Nike EYBL and the adidas-sponsored New Orleans Elite. He also trained with his uncle Tim Bush, a former Baylor/LSU forward who is now a prep hoops coach in Houston.

The NCAA’s early signing period is Nov. 11-18, but Bush has yet to schedule any official visits — he’s been without a working cell phone for much of the fall — so look for him to be a spring signee. The spring signing period is April 13 to May 18.

“I’m not really ready to make a decision yet,” Bush said. “I’m looking for a school with that home feeling and a coach that’s going to let me play. It doesn’t really matter if it’s away from home. I like to play up and down, but I can play in the half court. As long as it’s not robotic.”

After a one-year break, Bush returned to the gridiron this fall as a receiver for Karr’s football team.

“It’s been fun to play football again,” Bush said. “It’s teaching me a lot of stuff. I’m really enjoying it.”

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