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Wednesday / July 18.
  • Rathan-Mayes Ruled Ineligible at Florida State

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    Xavier Rathan MayesBy JOSH NEWMAN
    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    What  was looking like a promising season for Florida State was dealt a massive blow on Monday afternoon after Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton told reporters that star freshman shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes will be ineligible this season after not making it through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

    Multiple reports on Monday afternoon said the NCAA did not accept a full year’s worth of credits Rathan-Mayes took while at Christian Faith Center Academy in North Carolina. That school was set up and run by controversial Canadian grassroots figure Ro Russell.

    A consensus top-50 recruit of Canadian descent, Rathan-Mayes played last season at Huntington (W.V.) Prep with fellow-countryman and Kansas freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins.

    Florida State is working with the NCAA to get the issue resolved, but the loss of a main perimeter option is going to hurt the Seminoles, who also lost leading-scorer Michael Snaer to the NBA.

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