After three seasons at FSU, Rathan-Mayes declares for the NBA Draft

Ryan S. Clark, Lead Beat Writer

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Florida State junior point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes announced Thursday he would forgo his final season by declaring for the NBA Draft.

He's the second FSU player in as many days who will enter the draft. Seminoles sophomore swingman Dwayne Bacon said Wednesday he would forgo his two remaining years to pursue a NBA career.

Rathan-Mayes, a three-year starter, helped the Seminoles finish 26-9 and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five seasons. He averaged 10.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds in his final year.

He came to FSU as a shooting guard and had an immediate impact. Rathan-Mayes averaged 14.9 points in 34.7 minutes. His scoring prowess made him one of the more promising freshmen in the nation.

Rathan-Mayes' role changed going into his sophomore year. Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton signed Bacon, a five-star prospect, and shooting guard Malik Beasley, who Rivals rated as a four-star.

Adding Bacon and Beasley led to Rathan-Mayes moving to point guard. He would average 11.8 points and 4.4. assists but also committed 2.5 turnovers in his second season.

Rathan-Mayes declared at the end of the 2015-16 season but would choose to return for what would be his third and final season.

He made strides both as a facilitator and defender. Rathan-Mayes would finish the season 38th in the nation with a 2.58 assist-to-turnover ratio. His defensive displays -- the most notable coming against projected lottery pick and North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith -- resulted in Rathan-Mayes becoming an all-ACC defender.

Rathan-Mayes helped the Seminoles get their first NCAA Tournament win in five seasons by scoring 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in their 86-80 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the first round.

He was one of the few standouts in FSU's 91-66 loss to Xavier in the second round. Rathan-Mayes scored 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in what would be his final game.


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