Dec. 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Xavier Rathan-Mayes, one of the top 25 ranked prep basketball players in the nation, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Florida State for Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and the reigning ACC Champion Seminoles. Rathan-Mayes is ranked as the 21st best player in the nation by ESPN and as the 25th best player in the nation by Rivals.com. He is ranked as a five-star player, the No. 2 player in the state of West Virginia and is considered to be one of the top shooting guards in the country.
Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) is enjoying his senior season at Huntington (West Virginia) Prep after averaging 14.6 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game while shooting 4 percent from 3-point range. The 6-4, 205 pound guard has participated in the Nike Global Challenge in both 2011 and 2012, was a member of the bronze medal winning Canadian team at the U-18 FIBA Americas Championship tournament in 2012. He averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game during the 2012 Americas Championship tournament.
Rathan-Mayes averaged 13.7 points in leading Canada to a silver medal at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge. He also averaged 9.7 points and 2.3 assists in leading Canada to the silver medal at the same event in 2010. He also participated in both the Kevin Durant and Lebron James Skills Academies in 2012.
Rathan-Mayes is a member of the Canadian Under 18 National Team.
Rathan-Mayes picked Florida State over Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama and Baylor.
He is the stepson of former Florida State Tharon Mayes (1988-99) who averaged 16.4 points during his Seminoles career. He still ranks 20th all-time in scoring at Florida State with 1,260 career points.