During his time playing basketball at Wayne Country Day, Carlos Raven started to believe that he belonged on the basketball court.
Of course, he always did belong, but he had to convince himself, and his performances the past three seasons have helped him understand that he could carve out his own path in the sport.
Now a senior, Raven is a team leader and a catalyst representing one of the most accomplished senior classes in program history.
During his sophomore and junior seasons, Raven helped the Chargers reach the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A state title game. The Chargers were unable to come away with the state championship, but Raven is hoping the third time will be the charm this season.
Raven’s journey on the basketball court began in childhood when he picked up a basketball as soon as he could walk.
He decided to join the high school team to continue to build friendships and get better at something he enjoyed. Raven also joined the track team as he started to invest more and more time into his craft in both the season and offseason.
“In the beginning of my high school career, I played football, basketball, track, cross country, but I had a special feeling for basketball, and I knew it was for me,” Raven said.
Raven has always had the talent, and he has come into his own as his career has progressed. He is averaging a career-high 15 points per game to go along with 4,9 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Raven always excels when the team needs him to deliver, and his desire to help the team flourish brings out the best in him as an individual.
“Wayne Country Day is really welcoming, and it’s a family here, and with a family atmosphere, it’s fun playing,” Raven said.
Raven and his teammates have been dialed in this season as they try to win a state title. He is extremely committed to the team and always puts his best effort into every game.
Raven prides himself on doing everything he can to inspire those around him, and it’s paid dividends as the Chargers captured yet another Coastal Plains Independent Conference regular-season title