Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
#5 - Raitis Grafs
2002-03 Men's Basketball
POS.
C
HT.
6'11"
WT.
235
YR.
Sr.
HOMETOWN
Riga, Latvia
HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)
Raitis Grafs

2001-2002: Named First Team All-Mid-Continent Conference ... has tallied 1,109 career points ... selected as Valpo's Player of the Game by CBS after scoring 21 points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots in the first round NCAA Tournament game vs. Kentucky ... named Mid-Con Player of the Week (Jan. 21) ... became Valpo's all-time blocked shots leader (Dec. 28 vs. West Virginia) ... had 66 blocked shots - one short of his own single-season school record (2000-2001) ... ranked 2nd in Mid-Con in field goal percentage (.572) ... ranked 2nd in the Mid-Con in blocked shots (2.06 pg.) ... had a career-high six blocked shots vs. Rhode Island ... named to Fiesta Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team ... scored season-high 24 vs. ORU ... was 4th in the Mid-Con in rebounding (6.8 rpg.) ... grabbed season-high 13 boards vs. UMKC ... recorded double-doubles vs. West Virginia, Oakland & UMKC.

Summer of 2001: Helped Latvia National Team to nation's best-ever finish in European Championships.

2000-2001: Earned First Team All-Mid-Con honors ... selected to Mid-Con All-Tournament Team ... named to Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team ... earned Mid-Con Player of the Week recognition Feb. 5-11 ... led Mid-Con in blocked shots (2.09 pg.) with 67, setting a new Valpo single-season record ... finished 2nd in the Mid-Con in rebounding (8.1 pg.) ... led Valpo in scoring (13.8 ppg.), rebounding, field goals (157), free throws made/attempted (124-202) and blocked shots ... scored in double figures 25 times ... compiled eight double-doubles (points/rebounds) ... averaged 15.3 ppg. and 11.0 rpg. in Mid-Con Tournament ... had career highs of 16 rebounds vs. Youngstown St. and six blocks vs. IUPUI and Western Illinois.

1999-2000: Named to 2000 Mid-Con All-Newcomer Team ... led team with 38 blocked shots, ranking fifth in the Mid-Con (1.19 pg.) ... led team with 45 steals ... team leader in total rebounds (184) ... set career-high with 30 points vs. Belmont (1-10-00) ... first Crusader since Bryce Drew (1997-98) to score 30-or-more points ... had 13 rebounds vs. Belmont and Western Illinois ... grabbed 11 rebounds in Mid-Con Tournament title game victory over Southern Utah (3-7-00) ... grabbed team-high eight rebounds and scored seven points vs. eventual national champion Michigan State in first round of NCAA Tournament ... averaged 8.3 points ... scored in double figures 11 times ... recorded two double-doubles.

Latvia Junior National Team: Earned all-tournament honors while playing in the 1999 Junior World Championships in Portugal for the Latvia National Team ... named to the all-tournament team at the 1999 Douai World Tournament in France.

Personal: Son of Valdis and Lauma Grafs.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo