Rathan-Mayes on fire early

Two weekends in to the AAU season, the play of Xavier Rathan-Mayes is already best described as "scorching hot." The 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard lit up the first session of the Nike EYBL in Minneapolis last weekend, and thanks to the new spring evaluation period coaches from the University of Kansas were on hand.

Two weekends in to the AAU season, the play of Xavier Rathan-Mayes is already best described as "scorching hot."

After being named by Scout.com's Brian Snow as one of the top performers at the NY2LA Swish N Dish event in Milwaukee during the weekend of April 7 - a weekend that included a 41-point performance from the 6-foot-2, 185-pound shooting guard - Rathan-Mayes followed it up with a great showing during the first session of the Nike EYBL, which tipped off Friday in Minneapolis.

He averaged 20.5 points per game during the four games of the three day event, including a 28-point outburst in the opening contest.

"I just played well," Rathan-Mayes said. "I've got a great point guard in Tyler Ennis that gets me involved and my coaches allow me to be the player that I work to be. I had a great weekend. I played well."

With the NCAA adding a spring evaluation period to the recruiting calendar, this was a big weekend on the recruiting front as well. Coaches from programs throughout the country packed the sidelines at events such as the EYBL, on the hunt for the components of their next signing class.

Rathan-Mayes already has an offer list a mile long, but his play thus far has earned him even more attention.

"I just picked up an offer today from South Florida," he said. "UCLA called my coach for me today. Syracuse called, Memphis called and told me they would be calling soon."

One of the programs showing heavy interest in the talented combo guard is the University of Kansas. The Jayhawks have long had Rathan-Mayes on their radar, and their efforts have them in good position at the moment in the race for his services.

Members of the Kansas staff, including Head Coach Bill Self, were present during much of the weekend in Minneapolis.

"Coach (Kurt) Townsend just called and spoke to me about the weekend," Rathan-Mayes said. "And how Coach Self said I played real well and was really impressed."

"They've been in contact with me, my mother and my father a whole lot," he added. "They're definitely a school that's right up there and I think is going to stay right up there until I make my decision. The coaching staff at Kansas has been great with me and my family."

Rathan-Mayes does not plan to cut his list until after the AAU season comes to a close late in the summer, and no time-frame currently exists for a decision.


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