Xavier Rathan-Mayes Needs To Have An Instant Impact For Florida State Seminoles

By Trevor Lowry
Florida State Seminoles
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The Florida State Seminoles disappointed last season and they could be even worse in the 2013-14 college basketball season. With that said, Xavier Rathan-Mayes needs to have an instant impact for the team.

Michael Snaer graduating and other players transferring will not only kill that whole experience thing, but it will put many voids on this team. One of those voids is a go-to guy.

Luckily, Okaro White was the second leading scorer on the team last year with 12.4 points per game. He very well could lead the team in scoring, but so could Rathan-Mayes.

He is the No. 44 ranked recruit in the nation according to ESPN. The Seminoles could have used Andrew Wiggins, but Rathan-Mayes will have to do when it comes to talented freshmen joining Florida State.

You can say that Florida State was not the best team in the ACC this past season and you would be 100 percent correct. That will be the theme once again in the 2013-14 season, which makes it that much more important for players to step up.

Rathan-Mayes could start right off the bat, but time will tell on that one. At some point in the season–hopefully sooner rather than later–Rathan-Mayes will have to have an impact and a big role for the Seminoles.

As usual, the ACC will not be the easiest conference to play in. That is bad news for FSU since it finished with a conference record of 9-9 last season. With a group of players no longer being on the team, a .500 record in conference play could be looked at as a good year for this squad.

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