Hillsborough’s Cantia Rahming, who dominated in the post this past season, has signed with Saint Leo. The 6-foot-5 forward made it official with a virtual ceremony at his home more than a week ago.
“I feel like I can really grow in their program,” Rahming said of the Lions. “This was a really good opportunity for me, because their coaching staff will push me to be a better student and player. They also believe in my abilities and see me as a player with a lot of potential.”
Rahming also was considering Eckerd and even thought about going to a junior college before enrolling at Tennessee Martin the following season. By choosing Saint Leo, Rahming gives the program a much-needed local presence. The Lions do not have a returning area player on the roster.
After missing nearly all of his junior season with a meniscus tear, Rahming came back injury-free and became a leader on a team that lost several starters to graduation.
He thrived in his new role, averaging 20.8 points and 17.3 rebounds per game while helping the Terriers reach the region finals for the fifth straight season. His rebounding average was tops in the state and ranked seventh nationally.
Rahming’s ability to come back from an injury and put up lofty stats earned him plenty of accolades. He was named second team all-state in Class 6A, the Western Conference Federal Division player of the year and the Heart of a Champion co-winner.