Eagles' Raynor likes Fayetteville State's up-tempo offense
By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on May 8, 2013 1:46 PM
Of all the factors that helped Jyonte Raynor decide on his future college home there was on that sealed the deal -- feeling wanted.
Division II Fayetteville State was the first school to express interest in the Rosewood forward and it was that continuous pursuit that led Raynor to decide to continue his career in a Broncos' uniform.
Members of Fayetteville State's coaching staff attended several of the Eagles' games this past season as well as a practice. Raynor got to spend time on the Fayetteville State campus, attend a basketball game and get to know several of the Broncos' players. Despite offers from Conference Carolinas members Mount Olive, Belmont Abbey and Queens, Fayetteville State was the right fit for Raynor.
"They were the first school that contacted me and showed any interest in wanting me to come there," Raynor said. "They made me feel like from day one that they really wanted me and they told me that they really wanted me to come play for them and that helped out a lot."
A multi-dimensional player, Raynor possesses the ability to knock down jump shots from the perimeter, dribble past defenders and score in the post. Fayetteville State's up-tempo style that emphasizes creating turnovers and transition opportunities was also a selling point for Raynor.
"I like their system and their fast-paced style and I feel like I can put my athleticism to use," Raynor said. "I've tried to develop every aspect of my game and not really focus on one thing."
A three-year member of Rosewood's varsity team, Raynor averaged 18 points, six rebounds and four assists his senior season. The Eagles went 17-7 and this past year and reached the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A state playoffs.
Raynor is part of a senior class that never endured a losing season and won 46 games over the past three years. Rosewood has won at least one state playoff game in each of the past three seasons.
"It's been a privilege to coach Jyonte and see him grow as an individual and as a player," Eagles' head coach Daniel Mitchell said. "I think this is big for our program. A lot of times some of the younger kids don't know the work it takes to be able to get to a level where you can play in college.
"Jyonte can set the example and some of the underclassmen can see the work that it takes."
Fayetteville State finished 9-17 last season with a 4-12 record in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.
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