FSU Basketball Player of the Week: Xavier Rathan-Mayes

The freshman duo of Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon have led Florida State through the early parts of the 2015-16 season, but this past week, it’s been last season’s leading scorer who has been the go-to guy for the Seminoles.

Redshirt sophomore guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes is the Florida State Basketball Player of the Week for the week of November 30th through December 6th after filling up the box score for the Seminoles.

In two games this past week, Rathan-Mayes averaged 19 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals. In Wednesday’s 78-75 overtime loss at Iowa, Rathan-Mayes scored 15 points and led FSU with five assists.

In Sunday’s 76-71 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in Atlanta, Rathan-Mayes led or was tied for the FSU lead in every major statistical category. Rathan-Mayes finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Rathan-Mayes was also 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, including a triple with four minutes to play that put the Seminoles ahead for good. He also came up with a timely steal in the final minute to help cement the FSU victory.

For the season, Rathan-Mayes is one of three Seminoles to average in double-figures scoring with 12.6 points-per-game. Rathan-Mayes leads the ACC by averaging more than six assists per contest and has better than a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Rathan-Mayes and FSU will host Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday.

About Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is a Bloguin contributor, the editor of Noled Out and a lifetime Florida State sports enthusiast. Mike vividly remembers watching Warrick Dunn run down the sideline in Gainesville in 1993, the "Choke at Doak" in 1994 and Monte Cummings' driving layup to beat #1 Duke in 2002. Mike has worked as a sports reporter in both print and online. For isportsweb in 2013, Mike gave press coverage of Florida State football's run to the 2013 national championship. Mike has been featured on SI.com, FoxSports.com and Yahoo Sports while interviewing major sports stars such as 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a major in Religion and a minor in Communications. Mike currently resides in Haines City, Florida with his wife Jennifer and daughters Trinity and Greenly. Mike is a full-time reporter at Polk County's newspaper, The Ledger, in Lakeland, Florida. Mike can be followed on Twitter @MikeWFerguson.