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Despite early injury, Raines won't redshirt

Although his development was slowed because of a broken foot, Virginia Tech freshman Cadarian Raines will not redshirt this season after showing he has a promising upside.

Raines, who broke his left foot in a practice in September, had the option of taking a medical redshirt, as long as he did not play after Wednesday’s game against Miami, which is Virginia Tech’s 15th contest of the 30-game regular season. Raines missed the first six games of the season before returning in a win over Georgia on Dec. 6.

Coach Seth Greenberg said Raines, a 6-foot-9 forward, is "going to be a significant contributor in the next two, three weeks."

Raines missed different concept-installation phases of Virginia Tech's preseason, which hampered his progress; he has played in six games. But he has recently started to show flourishes of what could make him an important addition to the Hokies' post.

In the past three games, Raines's growth has shown. He has played 15, 13 and 7 minutes and has used his size and strength well in the paint. In those games, he is averaging 4 points and 4.3 rebounds.

"He’s coming along great," Greenberg said. "It is a shame he missed those 10 weeks because he would be in a really pretty special place if he did not miss those 10 weeks. He’s still kind of clueless in the defensive philosophy across the board. But every day he’s getting a little more instinctive. He’s getting more confident. He’s doing really well."

Virginia Tech (12-1) plays at No. 9 North Carolina (11-4) on Sunday night.

By Mark Viera  |  January 8, 2010; 11:04 AM ET
 
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