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Huntington Prep shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes will visit Illinois this coming weekend and UConn the following weekend, according to the New Haven Register.
Illinois head coach John Groce and assistant Dustin Ford visited the 6-foot-4 shooting guard Tuesday at the West Virginia school, and UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and assistant Karl Hobbs were in on Monday.
He is also considering Florida State, alma mater of his parents.
“It definitely plays a factor, my dad playing at Florida State,” he told the paper. “Not a lot of kids can say their dad played at the same school recruiting you. My dad being from Connecticut, me playing at UConn when I was younger, I think it would be just as special. I know a lot of people there from Hillhouse, friends and familys down there.”
Rathan-Mayes said his visit with Ollie went well.
“It was great,” he said. “We had a great discussion, talked about the way I’d fit into the program. I really love Coach Ollie. He’s just a great person, a great guy. I think he’s definitely going to do special things with UConn in the future.”
Florida State was his first visit, and is recruiting teammate Andrew Wiggins, who is expected to decide soon whether to reclassify to 2013 from 2014.
“It’s hard,” Rathan-Mayes said. “There are a lot of great things about all the programs. My mom and dad are on the phone with me constantly, writing down the pros and cons. I wouldn’t say one’s standing out right now.”
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