Xavier Rathan Mayes, one of the top players in the class of 2013, committed to Florida State on Saturday night.
Mayes, who no longer had UK on his list of schools, is a close friend and teammate of Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 player in high school basketball and a major UK recruiting target. The two Canadians play together at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
Wiggins, who could reclassify to 2013 and enter college next year, has Kentucky and Florida State at the top of his list. Both of Wiggins’ parents were athletes for the Seminoles. There is no timetable for Wiggins’ reclassification or college decision. He was supposed to attend Friday’s Big Blue Madness, but instead traveled home to Canada to visit his family. He has said he will probably make a trip to Lexington for one of UK’s early home games.
Though there has been talk of a “package deal,” Wiggins has said in the past that he would not let Mayes’ decision affect his own college choice. Still, having one of Wiggins’ best friends already committed can’t hurt the Seminoles chances.
UK has commitments from top-5 guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, and James Young, a five-star small forward. Wiggins also plays the small forward position, and Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels said it would be interesting to see how many elite perimeter prospects John Calipari will be able to land in the same class.
“I think it’s something to pay attention to,” Daniels told the Herald-Leader after Young’s commitment. “That’s a lot of perimeter firepower already. I’ll say that Andrew Wiggins isn’t going to be scared of anyone, but you just never know.”
Scout.com rates Mayes, a 6-4 shooting guard, as the No. 40 overall player in the class of 2013.