Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, but he will not hire an agent. A newly implemented NBA rule allows players to declare for the NBA Draft and take part in one combine before deciding if they will remain in the draft or head back to school.
“Playing in the NBA is something I have thought about every day since I began bouncing a basketball,” Rathan-Mayes told Seminoles.com. “After talking with my mom and my dad, as well as Coach Hamilton and the coaching staff at Florida State, I have decided to enter my name for the 2016 NBA Draft. We have put a great deal of thought into this decision and I am very excited about taking this step to reach my dream of playing the game that I love on the biggest stage.”
Rathan-Mayes becomes the third player to declare for the NBA Draft from Florida State this year. Dwayne Bacon, the leading scorer for the Seminoles last year, declared for the draft, but decided to come back to Florida State a week later. Malik Beasley declared for the draft, and is currently looking for an agent.
Rathan-Mayes was the third leading scorer for the Seminoles last season with 11.8 points per game, and led Florida State in assists with 4.4 per game. He was the leading scorer for the 2014-2015 team with 14.9 points per game before moving to the point last season.