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December 3, 2013

Johnson Wants Players' All

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With 7:48 to play, senior forward Cadarian Raines made his first appearance in three games. Raines didn't see a minute against Radford and played just the opening three minutes against Furman last week.

For coach James Johnson, it was the result of improvement by Raines. But it was also a message to his team.

"His last few days of practice have been great and that's one of the things he's done," Johnson said. "He's been able to just come out and practice hard and play hard. All those guys understand that…our entire team understands that we've got options. You have to bring it every day, whether it be practice or whether you get your opportunity in the game. You've gotta bring it, you've gotta produce and you've gotta play hard."

Raines played just 15 minutes in the Hokies' 81-63 win over Winthrop, but had eight points and four rebounds. Raines said he knew he had to get out of the doghouse, but he had to just play like he knew he could.

"It wasn't anything I had to prove because me and him know that I wasn't playing, I guess, to my potential," he said. "I just had to pick it up."

Right now, it's the Virginia Tech backcourt that's being held together by duct tape, with only two healthy guards in Devin Wilson and Will Johnston. But Johnson knows anything can happen later in the season.

"We're gonna need every single one of these guys at some point during the year," he said. "The season is so long, it's such a grind. You get into league play and the bodies are as big and as fast and they're bumping and grinding. We're gonna need everybody."


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