Five Questions: Cadarian Raines and Manny Atkins

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Tucker (Stone Mountain, GA) guard/forward Cadarian Raines enjoyed great success in 2008/2009, with each player leading his respective team to a state championship game. Atkins, a 6-6, 180-pound prospect, averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game, while the 6-8 1/2, 220-pound Raines averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per contest. These Virginia Tech recruits are the subjects of this latest “5 Questions” segment.

Both players have attained qualifying levels on the standardize test score as well as GPA and plan to enroll at Tech in July. Atkins say he is currently taking classes at a community college to “get a head start” academically.

FIVE QUESTIONS

Cadarian Raines

TSL: What do you think will be the toughest adjustment from high school to college basketball? In what ways do you think you’ll be able to contribute in your freshman year?

Cadarian Raines: “The college game is more physical, so I need to work on the strength in my upper body, lower body and legs. I will bring hustle, defense and shot-blocking.”

TSL: You have gained a reputation as a shot blocker. How are you able to be so successful in that area?
(Raines averaged four blocks per game as a junior and three as a senior.)

Cadarian Raines: “It takes a lot of timing, knowing where the ball is going to be in the air. I think volleyball helped me a lot in the timing. I played on our school’s team in 11th and 12th grade. I was playing football at first and figured I would go somewhere in basketball instead. In September of my junior year, our volleyball coach wanted me to play. It has helped with my explosiveness off the ground and my timing.”

TSL: Talk about your game offensively. What do you need to improve? What do you feel most confident about?

Cadarian Raines: “Offensively, I need to be more consistent in the mid-range area.

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