New York transplant acclimating to life in the Southeast

Rawle Alkins doesn’t need much time to feel comfortable fitting in to a new environment. The potential All-American wing is a confident, outgoing New Yorker who recently transferred to loaded Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God.

No one will ever accuse Rawle Alkins of being shy. The powerhouse New York wing is an alpha anytime he steps into a room, and certainly when he strides onto the court. He utterly dominated a Tuesday afternoon workout and had his jump shot working consistently from long-range.

Alkins is spending his senior year nestled in the cradle of Tobacco Road basketball, and already he’s making an impact on local fans and local programs as well as establishing himself in his new environs.

”Things are great, I love it down here,” Alkins said. “Obviously, it’s a new environment, new setting, new everything. New York is a city, you’re always busy and always have something to do. Right now I’m taking this as a learning process and getting ready for college.”

In terms of his recruitment, Alkins has popped over to both NC State and North Carolina in the brief period since he arrived in Raleigh, and both the Wolfpack and Tarheels partially comprise a lengthy list that also includes Kentucky, St. John’s, Indiana and others.

In fact, NCSU boss Mark Gottfried was on hand for Tuesday’s workout, and UNC’s Roy Williams stopped by Word of God on Wednesday to pay a visit.

Meanwhile, the Red Storm — which might benefit most of all from an Alkins pledge — sent assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrrsen to Raleigh on Wednesday as well.

Alkins seeks to play a combo guard role in college, which would enable him to develop the skills and showcase the versatility that could impress those at the sport’s highest level as well.

He added that he doesn’t have a specific timeframe in mind and that he still intends to sign next spring.


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