It was a Saturday night in Indianapolis in April, and the New York Rens were more than 700 miles from home and playing their third game of the day on the Adidas traveling circuit.
Things weren't going well.
The Rens were down six points to the Utah Prospects with a little more than a minute to go. Coach Andy Borman called a timeout and was about to give his team some instruction.
Rawle Alkins beat him to it.
"I was going to say something," Borman recalled of that game. "And the kid just took over the huddle."
"Guys, there is so much time," the coach remembered Alkins telling his tired teammates. "We got this! There's so much time. Let's just get a stop."
The Rens won by three points.
"He just completely turned the game," Borman said. "He's that type of kid."
Alkins — a 6-foot-4 guard from Brooklyn — is one of the most promising talents in a recruiting class of 2016 that is being billed as one of the best in years.
At the conclusion of the summer basketball circuit, USA Today polled the nation's top high school players, asking them to name the most deserving of their peers in a number of categories.
Alkins' honor: "Best killer instinct."
Borman's reaction: Unsurprised.
"The kid knows one speed, and that one speed is attack mode," he said. "He can take over a game 100 different ways. He can take it over with scoring. He can take it over and rebound. He can take it over and you can put him on their best player.
"He's not one-dimensional."
He was one of the best players of the summer.
Alkins led the Rens to the Adidas Gauntlet Finale title in Atlanta last month, putting together a four-game stretch over a 48-hour period that rivaled just about anything anyone else did on the grassroots circuit this year.
In the final game, he scored 34 points — and was 5-for-11 from three-point range — to lead the Rens to an 80-66 victory over the loaded Atlanta Celtics.
Borman — a former Duke player who has held staff positions at major universities and was once in charge of basketball at IMG Academy — saw Alkins' killer instinct on that night.
"He was just on a mission to destroy everybody," he said. "We're playing the championship game, and the other team looks like they've played four games. And Rawle looks like this is his first game. And I know — as a former athlete — that's something kids see.
"You look across at the guy, and you're kind of like, 'How the hell is this guy not tired?' It's very defeating."
A few weeks later, Alkins scored a game-high 26 points in 20 minutes — making six of eight three-pointers — to lead his team to the Adidas Nations championship in California, earning MVP honors for the star-studded event.
On Saturday night, he'll play in the Under Armour Elite 24 game in his hometown alongside many of the nation's best high school recruits.
And a little less than two months from now, he'll be in Lexington for a visit to UK's annual Big Blue Madness — an important trip for a kid who has some big decisions to make.
First, he must decide where he'll finish his high school career.
Since Alkins played varsity ball as an eighth-grader — and New York rules limit athletes to four years of eligibility — he'll have to transfer from basketball powerhouse Christ the King to a prep school for the upcoming season.
Then it'll be time to pick a college, and he doesn't seem to be in any hurry to make that call.
Three weeks ago, Alkins narrowed his list to 10 schools: UK, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, St. John's, Texas and UNLV. Five days later, Arizona Coach Sean Miller called with a scholarship offer, so Alkins added the Wildcats to the mix.
He's made no announcements on any trips other than the Big Blue Madness visit, and recruiting observers aren't having an easy time predicting his college destination.
247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer — who ranks Alkins as the 12th-best player in the class — has for months been projecting that he'll pick Kentucky, pointing to John Calipari's steady presence at his games this summer and Alkins' continued praise of the UK coach and his program.
Borman said he isn't sure where Alkins will end up, only that he knows his star player will wait until he's sure before announcing a decision.
"He is thoughtful," Borman said. "He is very analytical. He's always thinking about, 'If this domino falls, how does it affect that?' And I think that will absolutely play a factor in his recruiting.
"I can promise you it will not be a gut decision. It will be a though-out, planned decision."