Rathan-Mayes to enter NBA draft

 

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State sophomore Xavier Rathan-Mayes will enter the NBA draft but not hire an agent.

The 6-foot-4 guard is taking advantage of a rule where he can attend team workouts and the pre-draft combine to assess his prospects without losing eligibility. The deadline to withdraw and return to school is May 25.

“Playing in the NBA is something I have thought about every day since I began bouncing a basketball,” Rathan-Mayes said in a statement.

“After talking with my mom and my dad, as well as Coach Hamilton and the coaching staff at Florida State, I have decided to enter my name for the 2016 NBA Draft. We have put a great deal of thought into this decision and I am very excited about taking this step to reach my dream of playing the game that I love on the biggest stage.”

Rathan-Mayes averaged 11.8 points and 4.4 assists this past season as the Seminoles finished 20-14 and advanced to the second round of the NIT. As a freshman, Rathan-Mayes became the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to have three games of 30 points or more.

Rathan-Mayes is the third Florida State player who has declared for the draft. Freshmen Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon also entered, but Bacon withdrew his name last week after more conversations with coaches and family.

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