2016 guard Rawle Alkins trims list to 10

  • 08/01/2015 9:27 pm in

Class of 2016 five-star guard Rawle Alkins has narrowed his list of schools to 10.

The 6-foot-5 Alkins tweeted on Saturday from adidas Global Nations in Long Beach (Calif.) that he’s down to Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, St. John’s, North Carolina State, Maryland, UNLV and Texas.

Alkins is rated the No. 17 player in the 247Composite and visited Bloomington last fall for Hoosier Hysteria.

As a junior at Christ the King in Brooklyn (N.Y.), he led the school to its third consecutive city championship before announcing in early July that he would transfer to a prep school for his final high school season.

In July, Alkins led the New York Rens to the adidas Gauntlet Finale title in Atlanta. He scored 34 points, including 5-of-11 shooting from behind the 3-point line, in the championship game of that event.

He’s not expected to announce a decision until the spring of 2016.

Last April at the adidas Gauntlet stop in Fishers, Alkins ran into IU freshman forward Thomas Bryant, who was in attendance with several Huntington Prep coaches. He said Bryant encouraged him to strongly consider the Hoosiers.

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

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  • inLinE6

    That’s tough tough competition. Whoever gets Alkins will be extremely happy.

  • At the Quarries

    Hey, it doesn’t matter if we’re competing with one or nine other schools. From the nine schools that we are competing with, we really only have to worry about his next best option. LOL!

  • Zach

    Would feel a lot better if it was a top 3 or top 5 and we were included, but this will have to do

  • TomJameson

    He’s not committing until spring 2016, so probably will trim his list to six, then three, before that. Plenty of time to have our hopes dashed. LOL

  • SCHoosier

    I think this guy will be a late commit. IMO only chance IU has to land him is to get off to a strong start…stay in the top 15 all year…show potential for a deep NCAA run. Alkins tapes remind me of what I saw from a young LeBron James (smaller version) He is truly a one and done and I think we all know who that favors.

  • Bill Graham

    We gotta get this kid on campus vs. Purdue or Maryland and hope that we’re one of his last visits!


    Being one of the last visits doesn’t mean anything.

  • SilentBob

    Really like this kid. Even as a five star I think he is a bit underrated with all the ridiculous leapsters in his class rated in front of him. His highlights may not be as sexy as a Malik Monks but I think he will have a bigger impact on his college team than him. Hopefully Thomas is staying in his ear this weekend.

  • Bill Graham

    What do you remember more vividly a: what you did 6 months ago or b: what you did last week?
    ….I’d rather be his last visit.

  • Bill Graham

    Thomas can play a big role in getting kids like him and Bridges.


    We tried that with players who were looking to transfer. None of them even made it to Bloomington. Two went to Ohio State and one went to Arizona.

  • Bk39

    Of the 3 one and dones IU is recruiting( not saying some of the others recruits won’t be) how would you rank them in priority.
    1) Thon
    2) Alkins
    3) Bridges

    I placed Thon first because his brother stated it was likely he would follow Thon in his choice of college. So there is a opportunity to get two one and done type players in back to back years.

  • TomJameson

    The problem with that is there are no guarantees either way. If you’re the last school and he commits in the first couple of visits, you’ve lost him. No matter where you are on the list the recruits can … and do … commit anywhere on the list, leaving the rest frustrated as he….. ck.

  • TomJameson

    Priority driven by realistic expectations … or unbridled optimism? LOL

    I want all three, but realistically I think it would be a win to get any one of them! On a wish list basis I think Thon first, and after that Atkins and Bridges in any order.

  • Bk39

    I assumed it was obvious not all three could be signed, but I Agree getting anyone of the three would be awesome. And even if none of the three choose IU , a great class can be put together with Davis, Jones, Brown, Stephens, and others and any number of combinations of recruits IU is involved with. Thanks for the response Tom, my writing isn’t always as clear on the page as in my head.

  • Outoftheloop

    Wake me when it gets down to 5! He is NOT seriously considering all 10.

  • TomJameson

    Heck loop … I’d bet he REALLY has it down to 3 already.

  • Bill Graham

    Well thats a very valid point and its a risk. But I sure as heck don’t want this kid visiting Kensucky in March.

  • Bill Graham

    Ouch thats a tough question. To be super specific…if TB stays – Alkins is number one priority all the way. If TB goes – Maker is number one priority all the way. Either way don’t expect to see either of them playing college basketball in 2017-2018 season.

  • Bill Graham

    Nice Alkins is a young Lebron James!? Good comparison. So that means that he’ll commit to St. Johns and rep is home state for a year. Then transfer because he thinks G-town has a better shot at winning the title. Then transfer back to St. John’s b/c he thinks they now have a shot at winning the title. Then tell his coach he might stick around for another two years but he might leave after 1.