Florida State–bound guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes contributed a huge performance for Huntington Prep last week, starring in the absence of Andrew Wiggins.
Rathan-Mayes stepped up for Hungington Prep after Wiggins, the team’s star player and No. 1 recruit in the nation, was forced from the game due to a hard hit in the head. The senior guard exploded for a 55-point performance in the Wiggins-less 121-50 defeat of Teays Valley, taking the school’s record this season to a strong 29-3 overall.
The 6-foot-3 senior shooting guard has existed in Wiggins’ shadow this season, but has still managed the No.40 rank in ESPN’s top 100 recruits, and is a signee of Florida State. A snub for the upcoming Jordan and McDonald’s All-Star games, Rathan-Mayes also contributed seven rebounds and seven assists.
Like Wiggins, Rathan-Mayes is a Canadian, and is proud of the development basketball in his country is experiencing.
“The past few years, American people haven’t really respected our game and I think these last two AAU seasons we’ve definitely made a statement being ranked number two two years ago and all through last year being ranked number one,” Rathan-Mayes said in an interview with SportsNet. “I think we’re gaining everyone’s attention and respect. Canada Basketball is no joke.”
“This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives,” Rathan-Mayes said to questions of the pressure and weight that comes along with being a part of Canada’s future. “To be playing in that type of environment day in and day out against the best in the world.”