College Basketball Recruiting: Xavier Rathan-Mayes to Announce Saturday
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a 6'3" shooting guard from Huntington Prep, will announce his college decision Saturday, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. Rathan-Mayes will decide between Illinois, Florida State and Connecticut.
Rathan-Mayes is considered the 12th-best shooting guard by 247Sports.Com and the 25th-best player in the 2013 class by Rivals.com. He has offers from several Division-I schools from all over the country including Kentucky, UCLA, Memphis, Kansas, Baylor and Oregon.
Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com said of Rathan-Mayes:
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Rathan-Mayes is a shooting guard in every sense of the word. In my opinion, he is a triple-threat scorer, which is the best kind of bucket-getter. He can score in transition by getting to the rim, where he finishes through contact. He can also stop and pop or spot up along the arc. In the half-court set, he can knock down 3-pointers by spacing on the side of dribble penetration and come off screens or from ball reversal.
The 4-star recruit made visits with all three of his final schools. He took an unofficial visit to UConn last year and made visits to Illinois and Florida State last month. He also met with UConn coaches last month.
Huntington Prep's coach, Rob Folfurd, told Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com about Xavier's decision, "All three teams recruiting him are totally different in style of play. It’s going to be an interesting choice for him.”
Some scouts believe he is a Florida State lean. His father Tharon Mayes played at Florida State from 1988-1990. He also has a lot of family in Connecticut.
"It definitely plays a factor, my dad playing at Florida State," Rathan-Mayes told Ryan Wilson of NBCConnecticut.com. "Not a lot of kids can say their dad played at the same school recruiting you. My dad being from Connecticut, me playing at UConn when I was younger, I think it would be just as special. I know a lot of people there from Hillhouse, friends and family's down there."
Who ever picks up Rathan-Mayes will have one of the most talented players in the 2013 class, he has the talent to make an immediate impact as a freshman.
Rathan-Mayes will announce his decision from Canada, where he is originally from.
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