NCAA Men's Basketball

FSU freshman Rathan-Mayes ruled ineligible

08/26 2:55 PM

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton told ESPN.com that heralded freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes will not be eligible to play this season.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton told ESPN.com that heralded freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes will not be eligible to play this season.

"It's unfortunate that we won't have Xavier this season, but I'm confident our team has grown and we will be prepared to handle this adversity," Hamilton said.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Canadian, who was ranked 44th in the Class of 2013 by ESPN.com, was deemed ineligible by the NCAA due to academics. If eligible, he would have been in the equation to battle sophomores Devon Bookert and Montay Brandon for the starting point guard spot.

"Following a review by the NCAA Eligibility Center, it was determined that some of the coursework Xavier completed during his high school enrollment could not be used to satisfy NCAA Division I initial-eligibility requirements," the school released in a statement. "The NCAA has allowed Xavier to enroll immediately at Florida State and receive athletics scholarship. However, he will not be permitted to practice or compete during the first year of enrollment."

Rathan-Mayes attended Huntington Prep, along with fellow Canadian and Kansas signee Andrew Wiggins, last season. Sources told ESPN.com that there were issues with online classes Rathan-Mayes took while at the school. There were also concerns from the NCAA stemming from Rathan-Mayes' time at Christian Faith Center in North Carolina.


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