The Kansas Jayhawks are looking to reload the backcourt with the Class of 2013, and are in deep with a number of elite prospects.
One such talent is 6-foot-3, 200-pound combo guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes of Huntington (WV) Prep. The big guard already boasts and impressive offer list, and in recent weeks picked up an offer from the Jayhawks.
"It was very exciting for me as well as my family, because of the name they have and the guys they put into the league, and everything they do over at Kansas with their coaching staff," he said. "Everything. It was just really exciting."
A native of Toronto, Canada, Rathan-Mayes plays for Canadian power program CIA Bounce on the AAU circuit, and Head Coach Mike George.
His lead recruiter on the Kansas staff, assistant Kurtis Townsend, with whom he is beginning to develop a strong bond. He said he speaks with the long-time Jayhawks staffer as frequently as every few days.
"I think he's a great guy," Rathan-Mayes said. "He's real close with my AAU coach and he's starting to develop a relationship with me and my mom, as well as my father. So it's pretty good."
The Jayhawks are intrigued by the fact that he's a "big" guard with high level perimeter skills, and are also recruiting his CIA Bounce teammate - and close friend - Tyler Ennis, another guard talent with great size.
The subject of playing together is something that has come up in conversations between the two, Rathan-Mayes said.
"We talk sometimes about playing together," he explained. "If that ever happened it would be something great. We play really well together, we play well off each-other."
These days, the recruiting process isn't occupying much of his time, as he's solely focused on helping Huntington Prep bring home a national championship - though he does hope to decide by this time next year, sometime in October or November.
However, it appears as if the Jayhawks have themselves in excellent position early.
"I like Kansas a lot," Rathan-Mayes said. "I like their program, I like the coaching staff, a just like a lot about what they do as a program down there. My relationship with the coaching staff is just going to get better from here, and it's definitely a school down the line that I would love to visit."