2016 G Alkins: 'Indiana's a great program'

Rawle Alkins, a 2016 guard from New York, picked up an Indiana offer on Sunday.

Rawle Alkins, a four-star shooting guard from Brooklyn, picked up an offer from Indiana on Sunday after the contact period opened for 2016 prospects.

Alkins has not yet talked to Indiana coach Tom Crean, but he had an extensive conversation with new IU assistant Chuck Martin, who is from New York.

"We talked for awhile, pretty much just about how he's a New York guy himself and watched a couple of my games and has been to a couple of my games," Alkins told AllHoosiers.com. "He said he liked my game so I brought up offering me a scholarship, and he did."

Martin has not officially been announced as a new member of the IU staff, but that announcement is expected soon. Martin is hitting the ground running, attempting to get Indiana into places it rarely goes. The Hoosiers made a run at New York guard Isaiah Whitehead last year, but he ultimately ended up at Seton Hall.

As is the case for most elite players from New York. Almost all of them stay in the area, ending up at Seton Hall, St. John's or Syracuse. Not many end up in the Midwest at a place like Indiana.

But Alkins said staying close to him isn't important to him.

"Location means nothing to me. It doesn't matter at all," he said. "Indiana is a great program."

Alkins, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, is the 46th-ranked player in the 2016 class. He listed Villanova, South Florida, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, N.C. State, Miami (Fl.) and George Washington when asked what schools were pursuing him the hardest.

I asked Alkins if he plans to visit Indiana sometime this summer.

"Hopefully," he said. "If everything sets up right."


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