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Canadian Xavier Rathan-Mayes signs with Illawarra Hawks in Australia's NBL

Canadian guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes has signed with the Illawarra Hawks in Australia's NBL.

Rathan-Mayes is the third and final import for the Hawks, replacing Travis Trice who recently parted ways with the club.

Last playing for Romanian club BC CSU Sibiu, the 27-year-old also spent time in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he suited up for five games during the 2017-18 season.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy praised Rathan-Mayes, expecting him to be an important acquisition for the team.

"Xavier is an NBA talent. He spent two weeks working in our facility and was professional at the highest level," said Handy.

"One of the first ones in the gym and always one of the last to leave. He's a student of the game with a dynamic skill set. I think he will be a great player in the NBL,"

The Hawks are looking to reach the postseason for the second consecutive year, with Australian National Team and Illawarra head coach Brian Goorjian excited to welcome his new guard to the system.

"We needed another primary ball-handler to compliment the guys we already have and Xavier [Rathan-Mayes] fits the bill. He has been in and around some top-level basketball clubs and that experience will fit perfect with our relatively young group. He'll have an important role to play in our backcourt and we're looking forward to getting him in a Hawks jersey this season," Goorjian said.

The 2021-22 NBL season is set to tip on December 3.

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