Two schools on top for Rathan-Mayes

Two schools are beginning to emerge with four-star guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

One of the best shooters in the 2013 class is Xavier Rathan-Mayes. A native of Canada, Rathan-Mayes is now at Huntington (WV) Prep where he is developing more of a game on the ball and getting into better shape. Now the four-star prospect says two schools have emerged on his list.

As the No. 62 prospect in the class of 2013, Rathan-Mayes is attracting a lot of attention. Coming off of an excellent summer with CIA Bounce, Rathan-Mayes emerged as one of the best in his class. Now he is focused on improving and taking the next step with his game.

Over the weekend Rathan-Mayes was at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational and showed that he is capable of really getting hot from the outside and putting up big scoring numbers.

"I found out about two days ago that I was coming down here, so it has been good," said Rathan-Mayes. "To be in a camp with an NBA legend and getting good work in has been very good for me."

The training and drill work done by Rathan-Mayes at the camp fit in well with what he is trying to accomplish this year with his skills and his conditioning.

"I am focused on my quickness and getting more explosive," said Rathan-Mayes. "My game has been coming along well. I get in the gym every night with my coaches."

So far numerous schools have been by to see Rathan-Mayes at Huntington Prep, but two have started to emerge in his mind.

"Kansas, NC State, Illinois, and a lot of others have been by," explained Rathan-Mayes. "The two that stand out right now are Kansas and Illinois."

About the Jayhawks, he said, "Kansas, they are a great program with a great coaching staff. They develop good guards and send them to the league."

With Illinois it comes down to his relationship with the coaching staff, and that has them in a good early position in his recruitment.

"At Illinois they have a great coaching staff," explained Rathan-Mayes. "I have a great relationship with Coach (Jerrance) Howard, and I am starting to develop a good relationship with Coach (Bruce) Weber."

As Rathan-Mayes continues to go through the process, he knows what he is looking for in potential schools, and what factors will be important to him when making a decision.

"I want to be able to come in and make an impact right away," he said. "I also want to be able to win a national championship, and hopefully make it to the next level as well."

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