Florida State Seminoles: Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Best of the City of Palms Day 3 

December, 21, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As the days go by here at the City of Palms Classic, the intensity level picks up as teams vie for a spot in Saturday’s championship game while hoping to avoid being sent to the consolation bracket.

Without a doubt, the game of the day on Thursday started at 11 p.m. and featured a pair of ESPN 25 teams in No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) and ninth-ranked Whitney Young (Chicago). Montverde needed overtime but held on for a 68-65 victory.

Let's take a look at some of the best performances from Day 3 on Thursday.

No. 1 recruit Wiggins visiting FSU 

December, 4, 2012

The Florida State Seminoles host the rival Florida Gators on Wednesday. FSU coach Leonard Hamilton made the decision that this was a showpiece game, the best chance for the Seminoles to make their pitch to the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the ESPN 100.

As a result, senior small forward Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) is making his official campus visit to Florida State on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Smith doubles FSU's weekend tally

October, 14, 2012
It's been quite a weekend for Florida State basketball.

Just 24 hours after receiving the commitment of the No. 24 prospect in the country, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, the Seminoles doubled their total with four-star forward Jarquez Smith (Haddock, Ga./Jones County).

"It was the great atmosphere, the coaches and I think they have a really good plan for me," Smith said.

Smith chose Florida State over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. He and Rathan-Mayes are the only commitments for the Class of 2013.

FSU gets big-time scorer in Rathan-Mayes 

October, 13, 2012
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton has shown he can connect with top recruits and bring top-level talent to Tallahassee. And the commitment of ESPN 100 guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Ont./Huntington) to the Seminoles on Saturday night is further proof of that.

"I had a great relationship with coach Ham,” Rathan-Mayes said. "He made me feel like I was an important part of the future of FSU basketball.

“Coach Ham wants me to come in next year and impact in the scoring department and that what I do best right now."

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FSU lands elite 2013 shooting guard

October, 13, 2012
Florida State added its first basketball commitment of the Class of 2013 when sixth-ranked shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Ontario/Huntington Prep) made his decision public on a live webcast.

Rathan-Mayes, a four-star prospect and the ESPN 100's No. 24-ranked player, adds to head coach Leonard Hamilton's reputation of securing high-profile players from the prep ranks.

Rathan-Mayes will choose from three 

September, 21, 2012
One of the best and arguably most complete shooting guards in the country, regardless of class, is ESPN 100 SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Scarborough, Ontario/Huntington Prep), who is No. 23 overall in the rankings.

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Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio SportsFlorida State-bound guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes took over with Andrew Wiggins sidelined with the flu last Wednesday, tallying 21 points and nine dimes
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.

Most importantly, his midrange game is smooth and efficient. Jumpers inside the arc off the catch or dribble going right or left are no problem for him. He also makes floaters with touch and body control.

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