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Top Basketball Prospect Xavier Rathan-Mayes Commits to Florida State

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Florida State had a heck of a night Saturday, the football team got back on track with a 51-7 trouncing of Boston College. And a night after packing house for their opening practice in the Donald L. Tucker Center, the basketball team landed one of the top recruits in the nation when Xavier Rathan-Mayes committed to FSU.

Mayes, considered the 24th ranked prospect in the country by ESPN, is following in his father's footsteps. Tharon Mayes played at Florida State in the 80's, now his son is slated to replace Michael Snaer next year at his alma mater.

Mayes is a scorer who currently attends one of the top prep schools in the country. The 6-3, 180-pound guard averaged 14.6 ppg, 4.5 apg and 4.0 rpg as a junior. He's a big pull for the Seminoles and the first recruit in next year's class for Leonard Hamilton.

Also of note is Mayes' ties to Andrew Wiggins, considered the top junior in all of America. Wiggins and Mayes' fathers both played together at Florida State and in the NBA for the 76ers. The two are close and Florida State is considered a major player for Wiggins for 2014-15. 

Slowly, but steadily, Tallahassee is beginning to embrace basketball. Leonard Hamilton has been the man behind that, each year his teams are better, the attendance improves and a better crop of freshman comes in after the graduating seniors. Mayes is just another example of the rising profile of Florida State basketball.

Check out Mayes' commitment below:


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