GOT NEXT: Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Published by Jason Gairey on February 23, 2010
Handles, Jumpers, Court vision…check! Xavier Rathan-Mayes possesses all the abilities of a good point guard. For a 15 year-old kid playing senior basketball and putting up some solid numbers, I can see why he could be under the radar. His game is just so quiet but deadly; the score and stat sheets don’t lie.
Rathan-Mayes has been balling hard under the radar for a while, but X has finally marked his spot!
A combo-guard at 6-foot-2, he has traveled around a bit, which is probably why his name may not be a familiar one amongst the Canadian hoopsters. However, if you’ve played against he and the squad at Thomson C.I in Scarborough, ON then you know exactly who he is: the silent assassin.
Rathan-Mayes and his teammate, 6-foot-7 freshmen Jordan Robinson make a dangerous combo in the eastside of town Toronto, trying to build a name for a school that has never really been known, whose hoop team has made noise when you talk about the TDSAA East region.
Xavier, however, is the catalyst to a team that’s on the come-up. He leads them in scoring, averaging 25 points with 8 assist and 5 rebounds per contest. He scores and gets to the basket with ease. What really impressed me was that he is so smooth, calm and let’s the game come to him. He isn’t shy to get his teammates involved, especially when he has a young and improving giant in the midst, in Jordan Robinson.
The adjustment has been somewhat easy as this kid, who is the stepson of former NBA and Florida State star Theron Mayes, was showing his scoring abilities south of the border last year at Cheshire Prep in Connecticut. As a ninth grader, he was one of the top scorers on that team and was getting quite a buzz in the Connecticut area as one of the up and coming players in his class, before it was time to come back home. Having an ex-pro to help fine tune his game coupled with years competing at a high level in the U.S has proven to be a bonus.
By the looks of things, that smooth jumper of his may be able to take Thomson out of the dungeon as they have easily have been one of the stronger teams battling out with likes of Laurier for a possible OFSSAA berth. There’s no doubt Xavier is hungry, as he is on the rise looking to make his name a household one. The talented sophomore will continue to lead his team further into the playoff hunt.