Posted On: 12/19/17 12:43 PM
One of the state’s premier young guards, Olathe East 2020 KT Raimey is off to a strong start to his sophomore season after a strong summer.
A long, athletic 6’4 combo guard, Raimey does a little bit of everything well. He can break down a defense off the bounce, can hand out assists, shoot from the outside and defends. He is currently averaging 11.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
Raimey spent the offseason competing for KC Run GMC as part of the Under Armour circuit and says the experience helped prepare him for the 2017-18 season and perhaps beyond.
“It has changed my game a lot because everybody is talented and experience and nobody is a push over so you have to go hard all the time,” Raimey said.
One year after East struggled to a 7-14 record, the Hawks have opened strong, winning games over KC Southeast, Shawnee Mission West and Shawnee Mission Northwest and posting a 3-2 record through the early stages. Raimey says he takes pride in taking on a leadership role for the Hawks.
“My team looks up to me as the leader and I can take me school to state,” Raimey said.
He says his mother has had the biggest influence on his basketball career to date and has. helped him stay motivated to take his game to the next level.
“As I was growing up it has always just been me and her and I was grew up in a poor neighborhood and I hated to see my mother struggle so I use basketball as my ticket to get her out,” he says.
A fan of Devonte Graham of Kansas, Raimey says he enjoys watching the Jayhawk as well as guard Frank Mason, who is now playing for the Sacramento Kings.
Raimey has drawn significant interest from college programs and has taken an unofficial visit to Kansas at its Late Night in Phog Allen Fieldhouse. He has also drawn interest from Nebraska, Colorado, Creighton who have come to watch him work out and watch some of his games. He recently drew interest from Iowa and hopes to take an unofficial visit there, and also said Arkansas State in particular has shown him significant interest where he took an unofficial visit last summer.