UPDATE: As impressive as Rawle Alkins was on Thursday night, he took it to a whole other level on Friday.
Alkins exploded for 34 points in an 80-66 win over the Atlanta Celtics in the Gauntlet Finale championship game in Atlanta. Alkins posted that number against Kobi Simmons, one of the top guards in 2016, and the Atlanta Celtics, one of the best defensive teams on the adidas circuit.
I wouldn't be surprised if Alkins ends up being the top ranked guard in the 2016 class. I haven't seen any better than him -- not Simmons, and not Dennis Smith.
Playing on a sprained ankle, Alkins had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a win over Indiana Elite at the adidas Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta. Alkins did it in front of Crean, who had a courtside seat to see the spectacular performance.
Even on a bad ankle, Alkins still showed off his special explosiveness, threw down a variety of dunks in transition, and buried deep 3-pointers with defenders right in his face.
Alkins, 6-foot-5 and powerful, has a complete skill set and could probably step on a college campus tomorrow and get you 15-20 points. He's physically mature, explosive, and can shoot both in the mid-range and from deep.
"Kentucky is coming hard. Other than that, nothing is really new," Alkins said. "I'm worried about what prep school I'm going to, not any colleges. I haven't been thinking about that at all."
Alkins announced last week that he would transfer from Christ the King in New York and head to prep school for his senior year because of eligibility concerns stemming from playing varsity basketball in Florida in the 8th grade. Along with Crean, Kentucky coach John Calipari and many others were on hand to see Alkins on Thursday.
Crean and his staff have been after Alkins for quite awhile now, and the Hoosiers are certainly right in the mix. Alkins visited Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria last October. But Alkins is enjoying the recruiting process, letting the offers pile up, and is unlikely to start narrowing things down anytime soon. He's perfectly comfortable where he's at right now.