Rawle Alkins a priority for Indiana in class of 2016

  • 04/27/2015 2:49 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS — On Saturday morning at the adidas Gauntlet Series, Rawle Alkins ran into a familiar face.

Thomas Bryant, Indiana’s newest commit, happened to be at Best Choice Fieldhouse to watch several AAU games with his high school coaches. He stopped Alkins in his tracks.

“He said we could take IU by storm,” Alkins said. “Me and him would just kill, together.”

With Alkins playing just over an hour from Indiana’s campus, the Hoosiers this past weekend took the opportunity to continue their prioritization of recruiting Alkins — a class of 2016 prospect and the Christ the King (N.Y.) guard ranked No. 29 in the class, according to the 247 Composite.

The Hoosiers chose to have a member of their staff at every game Alkins played in Indianapolis. They have had Jordan Fuchs — current walk-on and Alkins’ former high school teammate — and Bryant recruiting him, as well.

“I would say they’re probably recruiting me the hardest right now,” he said.

Throughout Alkins’ recruitment to Indiana, the two sides have shown reciprocated interest.

Indiana began with a scholarship offer last June and has made it a priority to load Alkins with mail and messages to show their high interest in the 6-foot-5 guard. “Oh yeah, I love their mail,” he said.

He took an unofficial visit to Hoosier Hysteria last October. And the Hoosiers watched Alkins multiple times during his high school season, too. Alkins even wanted to visit Indiana again this past weekend but was told he could not because of the live period. He simply has enjoyed his recruitment to Bloomington.

“They want me to be that guy,” Alkins said. “They said they see me, if I go to college next year in 2016, they see me as that James Blackmon guy as a freshman. So that’s a high compliment.

“IU has shown a lot of love. They told me that they were going to be here. I get all their tweets, they tweet me and I see all their mail, like join the Hoosier Nation, stuff like that. It’s great.”

But Alkins insisted he has no favorites in his recruitment.

He said he hasn’t even thought about making a college decision, yet — that “if any school wants to contact me, I’m more than willing to hear what they have to say.” He said he also has been hearing from Duke, Kentucky, Texas, St. John’s, Arizona State, Louisville, N.C. State and Auburn recently, among others.

“I want to be able to say, when it’s all said and done, I could have went there too, when everyone talks about their recruitment,” Alkins said. “Any school.”

And that’s why, despite the mutual interest between Alkins and Indiana, the New York native said he has no favorites yet. But the Hoosiers have made it clear: They want to be among those recruiting him the hardest.

They just might have to wait for it to pay off.

“I’m just hearing everyone out right now,” Alkins said. “My recruitment’s wide open.”

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  • Gregory Spera

    Alkins and De’Ron Davis are 1 and 1A for 2016.

  • ForeverIU

    Would love to have Alkins, but the even better news from the quote above is that Thomas is in the mindset of staying at least two years.

  • Bill

    Bryant is a imazine get for iu. Regardless if he scores a point. Man taking the time to visit potential players. Who does the. Most will reach out or talk if they happen to be at same place. But he is Special.

  • IU track Alumni

    Big and physical guard with that New York/East coast attitude. Would love to have him join up with New York products Fuchs, Holt, and Bryant! Go get em Chuck!

  • Hoosier Pride

    Could not agree more, RA and DD have a bit of nastiness to their games and they love to attack people (in a good way) coupled with a sophomore Thomas Bryant and a junior RJ….TOUGH!

  • SilentBob

    This kid is a pit bul. Has the body to be an absolute lockdown defender who can guard multiple positions. I read somewhere a few months ago that said he hadn’t even began hitting the weights that hard yet! That’s terrifying

  • crashby89

    I caught that too. Wouldn’t blame him for leaving after 1 but the thought of having him for 2? Oh my.

  • Hoosier Pride

    how about rawle’s quote if i go to college in 2016? maybe thinking about oversea?

  • Robert Golden

    3 guard set of Alkins, Jackson, Jones would be trouble.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • Lance76

    This was the first video I have seen of RA. Very smooth with a great left hand. Contact from Fuchs and Bryant can only help the process. It must be impressive for someone to tell you are a priority and how they see you contributing. We must continue to recruit well. The potential is great for loosing a lot of fire power after this year.

  • drunken_cardozo

    similarities to Lance Stephenson are uncanny IMO

  • Bill Graham

    A 3 guard set of Yogi, James, and RJ is trouble.

  • Bill Graham

    This kid is ranked 29th and he is underrated! He does have a bit more of the confidence thing compared to humility… I wonder since he seems to highly favor prestige if his finalists will reflect that. Duke, Kansas, UK, would all seem like major players strictly due to prestige.

  • SCHoosier

    Is this kid a pure 2-guard or can he play the point? Built like a safety or line backer..soft hands..and is quick. Will be a target of all the elites to be sure.

  • he moves like a small Anthony Mason from back in the day, on the Knicks, but with actual skills and talent. You get the sense that he’s going to be a very big boy one of these days. And mean.

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    TB is the bomb! Great kid and a potential beast of a player plus recruiting? Yay!

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    Duke is becoming UKy. Just with class.

  • Hoosier Hall

    My ideal class would’ve been those 2 and Kyle Guy. Then maybe some under the radar 4/5 man.

  • Drew

    Joey Brunk?

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Want. Kid looks like one of the pitbulls that gets fed steroids with his live prey. Smith-Rivera/Dez Wells type. I don’t care how hungry I am, I’m not gonna try to take his lunch money.

  • TomJameson

    I think he’d be playing some point at IU on a sharing basis. He looked like he had really good hands and he was bringing up the ball a few times. Just a highlight reel, but looked like a good handle.

  • TomJameson

    Glad Atkins is a priority. Wow, what’s not to like. I know, I know, it’s just a highlight reel, but that doesn’t hide the fact that …
    1. He has the kind of body that will just build, and carry well, a bit more muscle and weight.
    2. He looks like he has a good handle, good hands and ball handling skills.
    3. He can lob pass (to Bryant – I hope, I hope)
    4. He has bounce! A two handed dunk is much harder than one, at least as far as how high you have to get. And a behind the head dunk??
    5. Can hit the three ball as well – and good form on the shot.

    Would like to see more video .. think I’ll go look for some.

  • Kelin Blab

    I heard this weekend he pretty much destroyed everyone…..

  • hoosier93

    Shot mechanics look similar too.


    LOL, love your phrasing.

    Looks like he might take our lunch money just to prove a point, you know cause he thought we looked hungry and might be foolishly thinking about trying to take his.


    A big bodied 6′ 5″ guard that has great hops, a great handle with either hand and has some really good hops ? The only down side that I can see is if he goes somewhere besides IU.

  • Bill Graham

    Ya I agree b/c most UK players don’t know what or where class is.

  • SeeingRed

    Hard to believe he won’t move up from 29 in the class. Looks to have every physical gift a player needs. He will show up to wherever he goes a man, not a kid. His addition to the perimeter defense would be a potential game changer.