Florida State men’s basketball head coach Leonard Hamilton confirmed on Monday that highly-regarded freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes would be academically ineligible to contribute to Florida State during the 2013-14 season.
Rathan-Mayes was expected to immediately join the Seminoles’ rotation as a freshman. He was considered a complete shooting guard and excellent all-around scorer.
While unable to participate in games or practices, Rathan-Mayes will be allowed to remain on scholarship.
As a senior at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard averaged 13.7 points, 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Rathan-Mayes chose Florida State over Connecticut and Illinois.
Complete statement from NCAA:
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 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 his first year of enrollment.