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There is often a learning curve with freshmen, but it appears that Rawle Alkins is ahead of schedule.
“Rawle Alkins is better than I thought he would be,” Sean Miller said.
Not only has Alkins shown his offensive ability, but he has already shown that he is a model teammate.
“I can’t believe how coachable he is,” Miller said. “He is as humble and eager to learn as any newcomer we have had here and because of that his improvement has been astonishing.
“Defensively, especially, watching him, he has made a lot of gains and that is really important for our team.
“Defensive in the beginning is what a lot of freshman struggle with and learning how to play with other good players on offense, but both of those things I feel his improvement is what you would want with any freshman.”
Alkins was known for his offense upon arriving at Arizona and much of that has to do with how developed he is physically.
“His shot is improving,” Miller said. “The thing that is striking about Rawle is that he is not a freshman physically. He has an advantage. He is big, strong, and in great shape.”
In addition, Alkins does not have the star mentality that a lot of highly rated freshman come into college with.
“He is a great competitor, but that doesn’t also mean you have a tremendous attitude or you’re a willing learner,” Miller said.
“He’s that as well. He has been a real pleasure to have around. I could have never predicted he would be as easy to coach as he has been.
“I don’t mean that because I looked at him as being a malcontent as much as you don’t really know until they get here.”