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XAVIER RATHAN-MAYES HAS ‘AMAZING’ UCONN VISIT
Across the country college basketball programs hosted Midnight Madness events as they ushered in the beginning of another basketball season. At Connecticut the defending national champions had impressive line-up of recruits visiting this weekend to take in the festivities. One player, 2013 recruit Xavier Rathan-Mayes of Huntington (WV) Prep, made the trip and NBE caught up with him earlier today to get his thoughts on the visit.
“The visit was great! Had an amazing time,” said Rathan-Mayes. “The highlight was probably watching practice today and getting to know and shoot with Kemba Walker.”
Rathan-Mayes is another youngster from the CIA Bounce AAU program out of Canada exceling in America. Rathan-Mayes is a volume shooter and he can really fill it up when he gets on a roll. The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Class of 2014 guard has very high upside as a scorer.
Recently Rathan-Mayes mentioned to NBE schools such as Illinois, Louisville, Florida State, Wake Forest, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Villanova, Kansas, Kentucky and Marquette as some of the schools in the mix. His visit to UConn reinforced that the national champs are hot on his trail as well.
“Basically UConn is on me real hard now,” he said. They should be in in the next week too see me.”
Rathan-Mayes is part of a new wave of young Canadian basketball players that is quickly establishing themselves among the elite college prospects in their respective classes. He enjoys playing with Andrew Wiggins, who is also a teammate at Huntington, and Tyler Ennis, among others in the CIA Bounce program. It was a great summer on the AAU scene, one Rathan-Mayes will not soon forget.
“My best experience over this past summer would have to be winning the Super Showcase in Orlando,” he said. “We were the first Canadian team ever to win it.”
Now at Huntington playing in Rob Fulford’s program, expectations are high as they have a strong squad with many elite prospects on the roster. Rathan-Mayes expects the team to perform appropriately this season.
“I’m looking forward most this season to our goals of winning a national championship,” said Rathan-Mayes. “I feel that with all the great talent that we have and our great coaching staff there isn’t a team in the country that can beat us.”
Their success on the court is a story yet to be written, but make no mistake that Xavier Rathan-Mayes will be a player to keep an eye on in the future as another top Canadian looks to make his mark on college basketball in America in the future.