2013 shooting guard Xavier Rathan Mayes made the first cut in his recruitment Tuesday, and Kentucky is still in the picture
Mayes tweeted that Baylor, UConn, Alabama, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Memphis, Texas and UCLA were his top 10 schools. That was the order he listed the schools, though he said it wasn’t an indication of his interest level.
Missing from the list was Louisville, which was one of more than 30 schools that had offered Mayes a scholarship. UK is not on the offer list … yet. The Cats will host Mayes for an unofficial visit in Lexington on Friday before the senior-to-be heads to nearby Huntington Prep for his final season of high school.
One finalist of note is Florida State. The Seminoles are thought to be UK’s main competition for No. 1 prep player Andrew Wiggins, who is Mayes’ friend and teammate. Wiggins, a rising junior who also plays for Huntington Prep, is expected to decide in the next couple of weeks whether he will reclassify to 2013. Mayes has mentioned the possibility of playing with Wiggins in college, and UK and Florida State are the only two schools that both players are considering.
CIA Bounce coach Mike George told Next Cats that Wiggins will not join Mayes for Friday’s unofficial visit. Both players were in Rupp Arena last year for the UK-North Carolina game.