Xavier Rathan-Mayes has begun to emerge as one of the top shooting guards in the country for 2013, with a host of offers from some of the top programs around the country.
"I have a bunch of offers right now," Rathan-Mayes said. "Baylor, Uconn, UCLA, NC State, Illinois, a lot more. I don't really have a leader or a group of leaders. All of them are around the same right now."
UCLA was one of Rathan-Mayes' latest offers, and the Bruins' offer came courtesy of the head coach.
"Coach Howland was the one who called," Rathan-Mayes said. "He's been in contact with me and my mom. It's the head coach, so that's pretty good."
Rathan-Mayes played for Huntington Prep in West Virginia this season, after first playing for Christian Faith in North Carolina, and his family lives in Toronto. Given that he's bounced around a bit during his high school career, moving again would not be a hardship for him.
"It's not a big deal to be away from home for me," Rathan-Mayes said. "I've been away from home for so long that it's not going to be a big deal. That won't be a factor in me making my decision."
At 6'4, Rathan-Mayes is primarily a shooting guard, but says that he's played off the ball and on the ball for both his high school and AAU teams.
"I played the point this year in high school, and I'll play it a little bit during AAU," Rathan-Mayes said. "It's just overshadowed a little bit because we have Tyler Ennis running the point. But I do play the one, I'm comfortable playing the one, and I feel pretty good playing the one. I play almost a combo guard role, both the one and the two."
He also says he's being primarily recruited as a combo guard by most of the schools who are recruiting him.
As of now, he doesn't know yet when he'll be making a decision, but knows that he'll first start trying to trim his list down after AAU ball this summer, but doesn't know how much he'll trim it down. He plans to start making decisions about visits this weekend.
"I don't have any visits as of yet," Rathan-Mayes said. "Hopefully when I get home on Friday, I can look it over with my mom and go over the schedule and figure out where we're going to go."
Friday will be the first time Rathan-Mayes has been home in a while, but he says the transition to West Virginia hasn't been too difficult.
"West Virginia is nice, it's a nice quiet place," he said. "Really, I'm just here to get my work done, get better, so I enjoy it. We have great people around us, so it's definitely jus the place for me and we have a good thing going down here.
"But it'll be nice to head home. I haven't been home in a while."
Rathan-Mayes will play for CIA Bounce this summer.
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