TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team in 2017 and who earned All-Honorable Mention Honors in 2015, has received an invitation to the New York Knicks’ training camp after a standout performance in the NBA Orlando Pro Summer League where he averaged 6.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and one steal in four games played for the Knicks’ summer league team
“I’m super-excited to be going to training camp with the New York Knicks,” said Rathan-Mayes. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be a part of a special franchise.”
Rathan-Mayes played his best game of the Orlando Summer League series as he totaled 11 points and five assists against Dallas on July 1. In 20 minutes played against the Mavericks, he made two of four 3-point shot attempts, totaled four rebounds and led the Knicks with his five assists.
Rathan-Mayes then totaled five points and three assists against Detroit. He continued to shoot well from the 3-point line as he made one of three attempts from long range as the Kicks fell to the Pistons.
He totaled eight points and a team-high tying four assists against Oklahoma City and earned three rebounds, two assists and two steals against Orlando.
Rathan-Mayes shot the ball well from long-range as he made four of 11 3-point shots (.364 percent) to finish among the Knicks’ Summer League team leaders.
“I’m going to continue to work like I always do,” said Rathan-Mayes. “I want to be in the best shape and put myself in a position to where I am able to sign a guaranteed contact. I’ve got to continue to be special on the defensive end, a guy who is vocal, an extension of what the coaching staff wants, and a guy who can be considered a two-way player. I want to be a player who can get it done on both ends of the court, whether it’s getting guys involved, creating for my teammates and scoring the basketball.”
Rathan-Mayes finished his three-year career ranked fourth in school history with 451 career assists and ranked 13th in school history with 127 3-point field goals made. He scored 1,236 points in 100 career games, placing him in a tie for 24th place in school. Rathan-Mayes became the 46th player in Florida State history to record 1,000 points in his career against Wake Forest (Dec. 28, 2017).
Rathan-Mayes was the first freshman in ACC history to score 30 or more points three times with a career-high 35 points at North Carolina (Jan. 24, 2016), 35 points at Miami (Feb. 25, 2016) and 30 points against Clemson (March 11) in the first ACC Tournament game of his career. His 35 points against North Carolina and Miami rank as the highest scoring total in Florida State history by a freshman.
Rathan-Mayes will long be remembered in Seminole athletics history for his 35-point performance against Miami on Feb. 25, 2016 during which he scored an incredible 30 points in a span of 4:38. With the Seminoles down 62-44 with 4:38 remaining in the games, he went to work offensively. In the final 4:38 he outscored Miami (by himself) 30-17 in almost single-handedly bring the Seminoles back from the 18-point (62-44) deficit. Said Miami Coach Jim Larranaga: “I’ve never coached in a game like that before. That is outrageous. I’ve seen guys in the NBA go off. I think Klay Thompson did it and he scored like 37 points in a quarter — their quarter is a heck of a lot longer than four minutes. That’s in 12 minutes. This kid (Rathan-Mayes) did it in less than five. One of the greatest on-court performances I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen that before in my college coaching career.”