GALLOWAY, N.J. — Andrew Wiggins and Xavier Rathan-Mayes aren’t playing together here this week at Live in AC.
But could they end up going together to Kentucky?
“Definitely,” the 6-foot-4 Rathan-Mayes of CIA Bounce told SNY.tv at Stockton College. “We’ve always wanted to play together since we were young and go to school together so that’s definitely a possibility.”
That possibility became a little more realistic when Wildcats coach John Calipari called Rathan-Mayes on Wednesday to express his interest.
“Coach Cal actually called me [Wednesday],” Rathan-Mayes said. “[He said] that he’s looking forward to seeing me when I go down to school [Huntington Prep in West Va]. They are about an hour and a half from the school, so he wants me to come up and see him and the guys.
“It’s pretty good to have Coach Cal call you.”
A deadly 3-point shooter, Rathan-Mayes forms the core of CIA Bounce along with Wiggins and point guard Tyler Ennis. He averaged 15.4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists last season at Huntington Prep playing alongside Wiggins.
“The kid can score,” Bounce coach Tony McIntyre told SNY.tv. “He can shoot the ball. I think getting into a college sysem will help him with his endurance and his training. There’s no flaw in his game right now. He can straight up score so I don’t see any head coach not wanting a kid like that.
Rathan-Mayes listed offers from Florida State, Florida, Illinois, UConn, Baylor, Kansas, UCLA and Alabama.
“I’ll cut [my list] down right after summer is done,” Rathan-Mayes said.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was here Wednesday night to watch Rathan-Mayes, but apparently did not get the memo that Wiggins is home in Toronto resting.
“Everybody has to step up a little bit [without him],” Rathan-Mayes said of Wiggins. “Tyler and I mostly gotta step up and take his scoring load on a little bit more. But I feel we’ve been doing a pretty good job.”
Kentucky and Florida State are recruiting both Wiggins and Rathan-Mayes, and figure to be in both players’ final lists.
Wiggins is currently Class of 2014, but could reclassify to 2013 and join Rathan-Mayes at one of those schools.
“It’s going to come down to where he’s going to play and play a lot as well,” McIntyre said of Rathan-Mayes. “It’s nice to have [Kentucky interest] but if he isn’t going to go in there and play a major role, he can do that on probably every other team.”