Rathan-Mayes adds interest

Xavier Rathan-Mayes has been a popular target for college coaches this season.

One of the best shooters in the class of 2013 is Xavier Rathan-Mayes. The 6-foot-2 guard who is a native of Canada is now at Huntington (WV) Prep where he is working to make a transition to being more of a lead guard. Still the four-star prospect is at his best putting the ball in the basket.

Huntington Prep is one of the best teams in the country, and Rathan-Mayes is a big reason for that. A sniper from the outside, Rathan-Mayes says his focus this season has been to adjust to a new position.

"My game is coming along well," said Rathan-Mayes. "I am just focusing on being more of a point guard. Me and Negus (Webster-Chan) have to run the point, so I am looking to get other guys involved and get them shots."

When it comes to his recruitment, numerous high major programs have been continued to recruit him very heavily.

"So far this year UConn, Kentucky, Florida State, Arizona, Kansas, Illinois, and a few other schools have been the most active recruiting me," said Rathan-Mayes.

One of the schools showing him the most attention has been Connecticut. The Huskies are making it clear to Rathan-Mayes that he is wanted up in Storrs.

"I have great conversations with Coach Kevin Ollie quite a bit," Rathan-Mayes explained. "They just tell me how bad they want me there, and that hopefully one day they will see me in a Connecticut jersey."

At the Flyin to the Hoop tournament Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard was front and center watching Rathan-Mayes. Rathan-Mayes says the Illini have been a constant presence recruiting him.

"Illinois wants me to come in and make an impact since they are losing two guards, and they think I could come in right away and help them a lot," said Rathan-Mayes of Illinois.

For now Rathan-Mayes is just gathering information, and he doesn't plan on making a decision until after the summer. Still he does know what factors he will be looking for when it comes time to make a decision.

"I just look for a school that gets up and down and has a coaching staff that will really do a great job of coaching me," he said.

Rathan-Mayes currently checks in as the No. 62 player in the nation and the No. 12 shooting guard.

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