It is not a very well kept secret that the Florida State Seminoles are pretty good at football. What is a very well kept and quiet secret is that FSU isn’t that bad at basketball either – and they are getting better.
Traditionally FSU has been viewed as a football power inside a basketball centered conference. With the likes of teams like Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Clemson as basketball powerhouses – that point is hard to argue.
What has recently gone unnoticed is that FSU has slowly and steadily become competitive in the league’s premier sport. Look no further than the men’s basketball ACC title in 2012 for proof. Sure, YouTube users say it is their only basketball title, but it is still an indicator of the proverbial ship sailing in the right direction.
Recruiting has been the key turning point with FSU basketball’s rise to success.
FSU’s most recent star on the court is Canadian born Xavier Rathan-Mayes. While only a freshman, Rathan-Mayes has been by far the 2015 team’s shining star.
On Wednesday Xavier Rathan-Mayes put on a display for the ages scoring 30 points in the final 4:38 seconds of regulation play. Even though the Seminoles would eventually lose 77-81 to the Miami Hurricanes, Rathan-Mayes’ effort will not be soon forgotten.
After the game Rathan-Mayes described the feat. “The arena was quiet. It was like I was there by myself. It was a feeling I’ve never, ever felt before. There was nothing else happening around me.”