VT Men’s Basketball Scores Two Commitments

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Petersburg (VA) rising senior Cadarian Raines . decided to end his recruitment yesterday, verbally committing to Virginia Tech over offers from George Mason, Maryland and VCU. The 6-8, 215-pound power forward is Virginia Tech’s fourth commitment for the 2009 recruiting class.

“I decided to commit yesterday,” said Raines, who plans to sign a letter of intent with the Hokies in November. “Virginia Tech felt like a good place to be. The coaches seemed real cool with me. Coach Greenberg has been there a lot. He has come to games and I’ve talked to him a lot. I felt comfortable with him.

“Also, I didn’t really want to go out-of-state. I’m not a momma’s boy (laughs), but I didn’t want to go too far. Virginia Tech is three hours away, so it is a little far but still close.”

Raines turned in a productive junior season, averaging 14 points per game and coming way with District Player of the Year, first-team all-district, first-team all-region and first-team all-metro honors for his performance.

Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, who has now reeled in three in-state recruits in the ’09 class, no doubt was pleased to score Raines’ talents.

“He said it was a great day to be a Hokie. He was excited,” Raines said of Greenberg’s reaction to his decision.

A good athlete, Raines is more polished on the defensive end right now. He is a good shot-blocker and solid rebounder, but he has been working to improve his offensive game this off-season.

“I’m also starting to hit the mid-range jumper,” said the Scout.com 3-star recruit who was selected to compete in the NBPA Top 100 Camp last month. “I’ve worked on that since the end of my junior season and into the summer.”

Admittedly more comfortable as a four, Raines will play power forward at Virginia Tech.

“[Virginia Tech’s coaches] told me they play two power forwards at the same time, so that is a good thing for me,” Raines said.

Raines says he is in good shape academically, though he still needs to take the SAT or ACT. He joins Hidden Valley (Roanoke, VA) two-guard Ben Boggs, Millbrook (Winchester, VA) point guard Erick Green and Tucker (Stone Mountain,