Nik Raivio "Growing and Graying"

Mountain View guard Nik Raivio has made a decision about his future but it is not about where he will be playing his hoops. The Greater St. Helen's League first teamer and WIBCA All-State player is taking a "gray shirt" year.

"I've decided to gray-shirt and take some part-time classes so that I will remain a freshman for next year without my eligibility clock starting," Nik told us. "I originally was hoping to get into a prep school but it didn't work-out so this is my plan B. I am now a part of the 2005 recruiting class"

"This should also help me a lot because I'm a late bloomer and just hit a growth-spurt and am up to 6'3" and 170," the combo guard added. He was listed at 6-0, 150 during his 2003-2004 senior season. But like his father and his older brother Derek, now at Gonzaga, he too got the "get bigger bug' around high school graduation time.

Boise State has been in touch this summer and came to Vancouver to check him out in open gym and is looking at a home visit in the September or October.

Raivio has also talked to several WCC and Big Sky schools about visiting unofficially and playing in some open gyms as well. "I have also talked to some JCs, both local and national," he added. His bottom line; keep working on his game, hit the weight room, take some classes and keep all his options open.

Football guys do the "gray shirt" thing all the time to allow their bodies to mature to the college game. Nik Raivio has brought that concept to the hoops world.


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