Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns basketball program have been looking for an elite shooting guard to highlight the 2013 recruiting class. The top in-state players like Matt Jones (Duke), Keith Frazier (undecided) and Aaron Harrison (undecided) have been lukewarm on the Horns. Consequently, the staff has looked out of state for other high potential prospects.
One of those players is Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a smooth shooter from Ontario, Canada. Yes, that Canadian-Texas pipeline may not be dead after all. Rathan-Mayes plays high school basketball at Huntington Prep. He recently tweeted his top five, which includes two Lone Star State schools in Texas and Baylor.
My top 5 are Baylor, FSU, Uconn, Illinois and Texas no specific order— Xavier Rathan Mayes (@YungBoiMayes) August 24, 2012
Right now, Florida State is the prohibitive favorite. Rathan-Mayes' stepfather, Tharon Mayes, played college basketball for the Seminoles. At Huntington Prep, Rathan-Mayes plays alongside childhood friend Andrew Wiggins, currently the top prospect in the 2014 class. Wiggins' father, Mitchell Wiggins, also played basketball at Florida State. Rumors are swirling that Wiggins will reclassify to the 2013 class, and the Seminoles are trying their hardest to land both players in a "package deal."
With Texas firmly in Rathan-Mayes' final five, the Longhorns look likely to land an official visit from him sometime this fall. There does not appear to be a timetable for Rathan-Mayes, and he remains undecided whether he will commit this fall or in the spring.
Texas is also firmly in the hunt for another top 100 shooting guard, DeMarcus Croaker, from Jones High in Orlando. Croaker is down to a top three of Texas, Florida State and Murray State. The Longhorns coaching staff has been pushing for a visit from Croaker. The Seminoles likely want to hold off a commitment from Croaker as long as possible to wait out Rathan-Mayes and Wiggins. If Croaker is willing to pull the trigger early, Texas would be happy to take the commitment.
Another recruiting nugget to note: 2013 small forward Nick King from from East High in Memphis is announcing his college decision today, and all signs point to Memphis. Things looked good between King and Texas earlier this spring, and the Longhorns made King's final four. However, it looks like King will stay close to home.