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Raines Fractures Foot; Out 8-10 Weeks

Cadarian Raines, a 6-foot-9, 238-pound freshman expected to add a post presence for the Virginia Tech men's basketball team, broke his left foot Tuesday in practice and is out eight to 10 weeks.

Raines fractured the fifth metatarsal in the foot while doing a drill in practice. He was scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday morning at Montgomery Regional Hospital.

“We’re disappointed, but we’re not going to belabor the point,” Coach Seth Greenberg said in a telephone interview. “Would we like him in the gym more? Sure. Could we use the concept of player development time? Without a doubt.”

Greenberg added: “We’ll all deal with it. He’s going to be fine.”

The Hokies’ returning post players are junior Jeff Allen (6-7, 230 pounds), sophomore Victor Davila (6-8, 245), redshirt freshman Gene Swindle (6-11, 260) and senior Lewis Witcher (6-9, 218). They lost senior Cheick Diakite (6-9, 217) after last season.

As a senior last year at Petersburg High School near Richmond, Raines averaged 15.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks while shooting 65 percent. He was named second-team all-state by the Associated Press.

Virginia Tech opens its regular season schedule Nov. 15 at home against Brown.

By Mark Viera  |  September 24, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
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