Arizona reeled in their third five-star prospect of the 2016 recruiting class on Monday.
Rawle Alkins, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wing from New York, verbally committed to Sean Miller and Arizona. Alkins selected the Wildcats over St. John’s and UNLV. North Carolina and North Carolina State also dabbled in the recruitment.
Alkins’ most recent visit was to Arizona the weekend of February 13th. He also took unofficial visits to St. John’s and UNLV within the past six weeks.
A tough and physical wing prospect, Alkins is regarded as the No. 20 overall prospect and the No. 3 shooting guard in the 2016 class.
With the addition of Alkins, Arizona jumps to No. 4 in Scout’s recruiting class rankings. Alkins joins Scout’s No. 18 overall prospect Kobi Simmons and Finnish star Lauri Markkanen to make up their current class.
Miller and the Wildcats aren’t done, however. Arizona has hosted elite wing prospect Josh Jackson for an official visit and are in his final three, and are also actively pursuing five-star wing Terrance Ferguson.
Rawle Alkins Breakdown
Evan Daniels: Rawle Alkins is a tough, hardnosed and physical wing prospect. A scorer, Alkins looks to drive the ball to the rim and his strength and frame allow him to play through contact and bully the opposition to the basket. Because of those same attributes he’s a good finisher at the basket as well. At this stage, he’s just an average long-range shooter, but it’s an area that he’s improved over the course of his career. Alkins is also a good rebounder for a wing prospect and plays with effort and energy on both ends of the floor.
Brian Snow: Rawle Alkins is one of the most physically ready wings to come from high school we have seen in a while. He is a good, not great athlete, who loves to attack and bully his way into the lane where he can really score. From there his outside shooting has really developed, and he is at the point where you have to crowd him as a shooter as well as being cognoscente of his ability to drive. There probably isn't a ton of upside left untapped given that he is so physically mature already, but he is an absolute beast and someone who should put up big numbers from day one in college.
Josh Gershon: Alkins is a tough and physical guard who plays with many of the rugged qualities that kids in his area often have. His strong frame and toughness make him a difficult player to contain off the dribble, particularly in transition. He's a very capable slasher in half court, who can also pull-up and his jumpers, particularly from midrange. He's improved as a three-point shooter and will need to continue to get better there. Alkins' toughness and motor make him a good defender who should be able to guard twos and threes at the next level. He's one of the best scorers in the class and a plus defender on the other end as well.