August 17, 2010
It's been a busy summer for Harvard-Westlake forward Damiene Cain.
Cain came into the summer with interest from top flight basketball schools like New Mexico and Oregon State but wanted to assert himself as a force and top forward on the west coast.
"I had to really work on my game this summer," Cain said. "It was the last chance for me really."
Cain did that and more, dominating at the Adidas Super 64 and Pangos Sweet 16. Cain played so well that he has already moved up our Cali High 2011 basketball rankings from #25 to #17. 17 seems to be a good number for Cain, as thats how many scholarships he was offered this summer.
The most notable schools that have offered Cain include Colorado, Oregon State, Washington State, George Washington, UC Santa Barbara, New Mexico, Minnesota, San Diego State, Colorado State and Boston College.
While those are all impressive basketball schools, Cain seems to be leaning heavily towards Boston College.
"I'm taking my official visit September 10th and I might commit when I'm there," Cain said.
However Cain stressed that he hasn't committed yet and is still keeping all of his options open, however Boston College is definitely far in the lead to land the big man's services.
Cain would be a perfect fit for BC. At 6'7 Cain is slightly undersized for a 4 but more then makes up for it with his aggressive, workmen like style in the post. He is a great rebounder and an excellent help defender. He is very, very strong and can easily body guys up 1 on 1 but has the quickness and dexterity to step outside to guard stretch 4's. He is a good shot blocker and has very long arms.
On the offensive end Cain is extremely polished. He can score using a wide variety of post moves and can finish with either hand. He has range all the way out to the three point line and is very consistent from 15 feet.
Cain could be a great recruiting haul for the Eagles. Boston College fans should think of Damiene as a far more offensively polished Craig Smith.
Cain will announce his final decision live on Cali High Sports whenever he is ready to formally commit.