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Derek Raivio

RCSI: 172 (2003)
Height: 6'3" (191 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Position: PG
High School: Mountain View High School (Washington)
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
College: Gonzaga
Current Team: Nancy
Win - Loss: 8 - 3

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Draft prospects in the Albuquerque bracket

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mar 14, 2005, 04:09 am
Many were of the opinion that the loss of longtime standout Blake Stepp would be the undoing of Gonzaga this year. Imagine the surprise when a skinny little kid named Raivio came in and did a better job than Stepp did last year. Despite looking like your 12 year-old brother, Raivio is the perfect PG for the Gonzaga offense. He pushes the ball very well, and makes good decisions on the break. While he isn't the greatest leaper in the world, he can get to the basket. Raivio is a first-tier quick release shooter, as his 48% 3-point percentage will attest. Listed at 6'3, it's doubtful that he is even 6'2, and he needs to add a lot of muscle to his twig-like frame. However, Raivio has a bit of Steve Blake or Travis Diener to his game. It's doubtful he is the kind of player that can come out early, but his ability to push the ball and quick-release stroke from long range are going to turn heads this March.

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