Men's Basketball Signs Jett Raines of Texas to NLI
April 12, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team will add a 6-foot-8 forward from Texas known for his outstanding athleticism next season, as head coach Marty Wilson announced that Jett Raines of Coppell High School has signed a national letter-of-intent.
Raines is the fourth player to sign for next season, joining fellow incoming freshmen Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) and Atif Russell (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes HS) and UCLA transfer Brendan Lane. The Waves have one more scholarship to give and Wilson expects to have another announcement shortly.
Raines was an all-state 5A selection this past season who averaged 17.1 points and 9.1 rebounds.
"Jett is a very good athlete who can run and jump with the best of them," Wilson said. "His size, length, athleticism and quickness are what sets him apart from other players. He will have the ability to play multiple positions at both ends of the floor. As he continues to get bigger and stronger, the sky will be the limit. Our opponents will hate playing against him."
Coppell Coach Brad Chasteen says that all in his years of coaching, Raines has unparalleled athleticism.
"The best thing from a coach's perspective is that he's got a fresh mind and fresh legs," Chasteen said. "He wasn't an AAU superstar in the ninth grade. He's a late-developing basketball player who is intriguing because he's only touched the surface of what he can do. I haven't had an athlete like him in this program in my 16 years. He had seven dunks in two different games, and there have been full seasons where we've gone without one dunk. He gave us a blend of athleticism and intelligence that we haven't had before, and we've had some D-I players, but not quite like the package that he brings. He runs the floor like a deer. He'll be able to guard the 3, 4 or 5 at the college level, he just needs to get stronger and will need to adjust to the college game, but his footwork and the things he can do are unparalleled for a guy his size. Everyone here is excited about Jett going to Pepperdine."
The recruiting website TexasHoops.com wrote: "Jett is a long and rangy wing who can slash to the rim and finishes well with either hand. He has good body control, goes to the offensive boards well, cleans up around the goal and has a nose for loose balls. He can create off the dribble, has a soft touch out to the 3 point line, is a good passer and handles it well in the open court. He is a smart player with a good feel for the game at both ends."
Following is a capsule biography on Raines:
As a senior, was named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state 5A team, the Dallas Morning News all-area third team and the District 7-5A Offensive Player of the Year ... Averaged 17.1 points and 9.1 rebounds, ranking third in the 5A area in scoring and ninth in rebounding ... Helped the Cowboys to a 25-9 record and the second round of the 5A playoffs ... As a junior, was the District 7-5A co-MVP and averaged 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds ... Played some on the varsity as a sophomore ... Will play in two prestigious postseason all-star games this summer, the TABC event and the Texas High School Coaches Association game ... Rated #59 among the state's class of 2012 by TexasHoops.com ... Is the second Texan in the Waves' recruiting class along with fellow incoming freshman Atif Russell.