RAFUS SPEAKS ON NEW JERSEY MOVE Rafus, who spent his first varsity season at St. Frances, announced last month that he’d be transferring to St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey for his junior year.
“I trust the coach, Mark Taylor,” Rafus said. “I feel like he’s a real good guy, and I think he’s going to get me to where I need to be academically and for basketball. I felt like it was the best fit for me out of my picks. New Jersey is only a four hour ride, so my family can still come to my games and they can still see me without having to take, 8 planes just to see their son.”
Rafus also said that getting away from home for a bit should prove beneficial.
“You know how it is in Baltimore, man," he said. "I love my city, but there’s a lot of killings going on and a lot of things that I honestly don’t want to be around. I want to be in a positive environment, and this is the best thing for me.”
The 6-8 Rafus is one of the most tantalizing talents in the area class, and currently holds several D-I offers despite not playing a full varsity season. He’s young and prone to stretches of inconsistency, which is an aspect he admits he needs to improve.
“Its a good feeling [being highly-recruited], but I don’t think I’m where I should be,” he said. “I think I can get way better than where I’m at right now. As a leader on this team, I need to be able to lead by example, and be an all-around player. That’s my goal. I’m working on just being more vocal and a leader."