New York City shooting guard Rawle Alkins had as good a showing as anyone during the first July recruiting period last week.
Alkins — a 6-foot-5 prospect in the class of 2016 — led the New York Rens to the Adidas circuit championship, scoring 34 points and making five three-pointers in the title game against the Atlanta Celtics, a team that features five-star guards Kobi Simmons and Josh Langford.
247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer evaluated Alkins last week and ranks him as the No. 12 overall prospect in his class.
“He’s playing at an extremely high level,” Meyer told the Herald-Leader. “He’s just a big, strong, powerful athlete with a lot of skill. And he’s very competitive. Alkins is one of the more competitive guys I’ve scouted.
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“You know, a lot of guys are competitive. But when you’re good, and you’re physical, then you can really take advantage of your competitiveness. He has the tools to sort of impose his will on a basketball game. And that’s what I saw him do in that finals at Adidas. He just single-handedly beat down the Atlanta Celtics.”
Though Alkins is a serviceable long-range shooter, he’s at his best when he’s attacking the basket off the dribble. That’s what has drawn John Calipari and several other major college coaches to him, and his strong play led to a scholarship offer from UK earlier this spring.
Alkins also has offers from Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana and St. John’s, among many others.
There’s no timetable for an end to his recruitment, but Meyer is predicting that Alkins will eventually be a Kentucky Wildcat.
“One, John Calipari loves him and has been to a ton of his games,” he said. “When I interviewed him, I asked him who was recruiting him hard and the first word he said was, ‘Calipari.’
“A lot of this is just reading people and reading situations, and I think that Kentucky is very prominent on his list.”
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