Rathan-Mayes to announce

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a four-star prospect, is ready to announce his college choice. He's currently down to three schools and he'll slice that to one by Saturday.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes will announce his college choice on Saturday.

"I'm excited for it," he told FOX Sports NEXT. "I get to go home and spend some time with my family."

"I'm having a press conference back home," he added. "I'm having about 100 people over there and family and friends."

Rathan-Mayes is considering Florida State, Illinois and Connecticut. All three schools have conducted in-home visits with the No. 40 prospect in the 2013 class.

Florida State hosted Rathan-Mayes for an unofficial visit the weekend of September 1st. While in town, FSU convinced Rathan-Mayes that there is early playing time available.

"With Florida State, the last few years they've really been on the come up," he said. "They've had two great seasons. They won the ACC championship last year and then they got Mike Snaer and most likely Ian [Miller] leaving this year so it opens up a good opportunity for me to come in and play right away in the best conference in Amercia."

The weekend of September 22nd, Rathan-Mayes took an official visit to Illinois. He said John Groce has been key in his recruitment and also likes the Illinois fan base.

"Coach Groce definitely is a great coach," he said. "[I like] his style of play, the ball screens and that he gets up and down. He lets his guard really go, from seeing his players play at Ohio. They had a good season. [I like] their style of play and the Illinois fan base is crazy."

Kevin Ollie has been recruiting Rathan-Mayes for quite some time. He met with him just after getting announced as Connecticut's head coach.

"Coach Ollie and I have a great relationship," Rathan-Mayes said. "I've had a great relationship with him for over a year. The history of UConn basketball is something really special. They produce great guards."

Rathan-Mayes is expecting to announce late Saturday night.

"I'm having fun with it, but it's big," he said. "There's some stress that comes along with it and wanting to make the right decision. I'm happy to be able to get it over with and focus on winning a national championship this year."

Scout Hoops Top Stories