Florida State combo guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes intends to test the waters and enter the 2016 NBA draft, reports Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (via Twitter). The sophomore intends to hold off on hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to school provided he withdraws before the May 25th deadline.
It’s likely a wise move for the 6’4″ combo guard to hold off on securing representation, as he is currently ranked No. 27 among sophomores by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, while Chad Ford of ESPN.com places him at No. 148 overall. Rathan-Mayes entered school as the No. 40 ranked recruit according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index.
Rathan-Mayes appeared in 33 games for the Seminoles this season and averaged 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists to accompany a slash line of .408/.285/.774. He is older than the average sophomore at 21 years of age, which could hurt his draft stock overall as scouts generally prefer the promise of youth to the experience of older players.