Xavier Rathan-Mayes commits to Florida State
Prob a top 10 shooting guard in class of 2013....reason it's significant though is because he's boys with Andrew Wiggins...and we all know how it's basically a 2 way race between Florida State & Kentucky as far as Wiggins is concerned. Nice pickup for the Noles.
Side note...watching the Pistons play the Bucks...Drummond looks AWESOME....like 12 pts 8 rebs 2 blks in 10 minutes of action...I know it's pre-season...but he looks motivated....big time motor...and that was always his biggest concern.
Hopefully this helps drawWiggins away from UK and that slimeball used car salesman.
But, as the Harrisons proved, relationships take a back seat to a chance at winning a NC. Hopefully Wiggins is different.
I Really hope he goes to fsu. Sick of seeing kentucky just load up every year on the best recruits.... its shady. It would be nice to see him follow mayes and make a run at a title.
That Xavier's dad, Theron, also played at Florida State and in the NBA (for a while with Mitchell Wiggins, thank you Dave Telep). I know that X and Andrew are definitely boys, was thinking that Florida State landing him might be a big deal. Now, am not really sure as Xavier has ties as well. Guessing Xavier will come into Florida State and get immediate time, he is a guy who should have a very nice college career, seems like a 3-4 year guy. He has personality and can definitely score the ball, just kind of undersized as a 2.
Still just have a feeling that regardless of what class Andrew is in, he will go to Kentucky. REALLY want him to go to FSU as I feel that would be awesome, especially now that Xavier just signed there, but have this sinking feeling. Know that some people feel that James Young being at Kentucky signals he either stays in 2014 or commits to FSU, think it has no real bearing on his decision. Andrew will be the man wherever he goes. His decision is purely based on his and his family wishes, just feel Andrew is really digging Kentucky. I would love to be proved wrong, just my feeling right now.
In other news regarding a Florida based school commitment, Byron "Bo" Zeigler committed to South Florida today. He is the younger brother of Central Michigan transfer and current Pitt player Trey Zeigler. Stan Heath seems to be doing good things at USF, they just landed a commit from Chris Perry (6-8/250 PF/C) and also may have a real huge get in John Egbunu. With all of the talk of Joel Embiid, Egbunu is an absolute athletic monster and word is, might be the best "true" center prospect in the 2013 class. Well, Bo seems to give USF a pretty nice incoming front court class for 2013.
Never knew his old man played there as well. Nice research. I can see him playing in kentucky as well since its close distance to huntington prep. I just hope he breaks the trend and goes somewhere else. where u from mikeyv?? you sure know ur stuff
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada my friend, though went to University of Oregon and lived in Oregon for 7 years. Now back in Toronto, where I luckily got to go to the try-outs for the Canada's U18 basketball team. Not to mention was able to see Andrew Wiggins when I went to all but one of his Hoop Summit practices. Try to stay on top of things as much as possible, Canadian prospects usually kind of spark my interest a tad.
Will say that when I watched X, I liked his game though I think he will indeed need to work on his point skills and game management ability. He can definitely stroke, though at times can be a tad streaky. The guy I was most impressed with (besides of course Andrew, who was only their for one of the three practices I went to for U18) was Tyler Ennis. That kid has a terrific handle and while he is not the shooter Xavier is, he can penetrate and set people up, would have to rank Tyler ahead of Xavier as a pro prospect in my mind. Time will tell.
To keep on with the Florida State talk, the Noles just landed a commit from Jarquez Smith. He is a big man out of Georgia, a lanky 6-9. He specializes as a shot blocker who will need to add a bit of bulk to eventually play a post role, though he may develop into somewhat of a face-up 4. As Raphielle Johnson points out, Smith averaged 7.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.5 bpg for the Georgia Stars in the Nike EYBL. Another nice signing for Leonard Hamilton, who of course is focused on that superstar to put it all together. Getting Smith can only help the cause regardless of whether that happens.
They play ball together all year long at HS and AAU. I think Wiggins gave him the feeling or told him straight up that he's reclassifying and going to FSU too. I honestly thought UConn would have no problem getting this kid.
Side note - I can no longer depend on the Tyler Ennis connection to get Wiggins to somehow come to Cuse! He's obviously closer to Rathan-Mayes...he even showed up to his commitment.