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Posted at 6:16 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Dorenzo Hudson, Cadarian Raines to miss remainder of the season

By Mark Giannotto

The Virginia Tech men's basketball team announced Thursday before its game against St. Bonaventure in Rochester, N.Y., that senior Dorenzo Hudson and sophomore Cadarian Raines will both miss the remainder of this season with foot injuries, a devastating blow for a team that has battled depth problems.

Hudson, the team's second-leading scorer and a third-team all-ACC selection last season, originally suffered his right foot injury at the end of last season and it kept him from working out over the summer. As a result, he came into the preseason out of shape and struggled with consistency during the nonconference portion of the Hokies' schedule.

This past week, he visited with an orthopedic specialist who recommended surgery. Hudson is averaging 10.4 points per game this season, almost five points fewer than a year ago, but was coming off a 17-point performance in Virginia Tech's win over Mississippi State last Saturday in the Bahamas. He is eligible for a medical redshirt and will be able to return to the court next year as a fifth-year senior.

“I am extremely disappointed for Dorenzo,” Coach Seth Greenberg said. “He has worked very hard to become an outstanding player and leader for this team. But his long-term health is of the utmost importance and the medical staff believes this is the best course of action for him. I know that he will continue to be a valuable part of this program for the remainder of the season and will come back stronger than ever next season.”

Raines, meanwhile, has struggled with foot injuries throughout his tenure in Blacksburg. The 6-foot-9 sophomore had surgeries on both feet a year ago, the second coming this past April. Since then, he's undergone a variety of treatments to aid the healing process but a recent MRI exam revealed the injury had not healed properly.

Due to the injury, Raines had appeared in just four games this season and played only 21 minutes total. But Greenberg was expecting him to provide depth for the Hokies' thin front court, which will now feature just one player taller than 6-7. Like Hudson, Raines will be granted a medical redshirt and won't lose a year of eligibility.

“This is really a tough blow for Cadarian,” Greenberg said. “His work ethic and attitude have been exceptional during this trying period and he has continued to work hard to improve. My only concern is for his long-term health and that is why we have decided to shut him down for the remainder of the season and get him healthy for his next three seasons here at Virginia Tech.”

The Hokies have now lost five scholarship players due to injury or transfer this year, and just nine healthy bodies remain on their active roster.

By Mark Giannotto  | December 23, 2010; 6:16 PM ET
 
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Well bummer. My expectations for this season for them have slipped. :(

Posted by: charley42 | December 23, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

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