After a strong summer with CIA Bounce, Xavier Rathan-Mayes is ready to jump into the recruiting…
Rathan-Mayes is down to five
Xavier Rathan-Mayes is down to five schools. After slicing his list to ten shortly after July, the talented four-star shooting guard out of Huntington (W.V.) Prep is now only considering Baylor, Connecticut, Florida State, Illinois and Texas. "It was tough because there were a few that could have been in there," Rathan-Mayes told Scout.com. "My mom, my dad and I talked about it all last night. It was a tough decision." "Those schools that are in there now all have the style of play that I'm looking for," he added. "They have great coaching staffs and tradition and the guards that they produce is definitely something that was there as well." Rathan-Mayes broke down what he likes about each of his remaining finalists. Baylor: "Their program has been really coming up lately. Again there style of play fits what I want to do when I go to college with up and down pace and ball screens." FSU: "Coach Hamilton is a great coach and he's proven that he can beat the best in the country. He's beaten Duke, Carolina for the past two or three years. We feel that coach Hamilton hasn't gotten all the high, high major type guys but to see what he's doing with the program is something special and with his credential of being in the NBA" UConn: "It's a school that produces great guards. Everyone knows about UConn and then there's the relationship that I have with coach Ollie. We have built a really, really good relationship." Texas: "I like the way they produce guards. Coach Barnes, I've talked to him a lot. He's talked to my mom a lot and she's comfortable with how they are going to use me down there." Illinois: "They've had a great program. They've had a couple of down years, but we feel that they are really coming up. They had a guard coming up, Deron Williams that I patent my game after. They compare me to him a lot. The way they run their offense with the new coaching staff is definitely something I like." What's the next step with Rathan-Mayes' recruiting process? "I guess just visits and stuff like that," the Canadian native said. "I don't know how many I'm going to cut it down to next. Probably two or three and from there I'll decide." Rathan-Mayes will unofficially visit Florida State next Thursday. It's his only scheduled visit at the moment.
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