Cards offer NYC guard Alkins

CHICAGO - University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has accomplished a lot with guards from New York City during his time. Now, the Cardinals are in on another guard from the Big Apple after offering 2016 star Rawle Alkins, who plays at Christ the King High School. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

New York City guard Rawle Alkins had a big-time showing at the adidas Unrivaled camp in Chicago over the weekend.

The 6-foot-4 Alkins was unstoppable going to the basket, hit some jump shots and played an all-around standout tournament. He made the all-star team and earned a lot of new looks.

One of those new looks was from the University of Louisville and coach Rick Pitino.

"My coach told me he called and I am very excited," Alkins said on Saturday.

Two days later, Alkins has a new offer from the U of L Cardinals. Pitino spoke with Alkins on Monday and extended the offer.

"I know they have a great program and I know he loves guards from New York City," Alkins said. "Coach Pitino is one of the best in the game and he has a great reputation in New York.

"I saw with he did with guys like Russ Smith and it's pretty amazing. He likes New York guards and I like the style they play at Louisville."

Alkins, ranked as the No. 29 player in the Class of 2016, also has offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami, North Carolina State, Villanova and Minnesota. He said he has 15 offers.

A tough, hard-nosed player, Alkins said he has some "New York City toughness," and said Pitino told his coach that he "really likes how he played" the game.

Alkins is expected to make an unofficial visit this fall or winter to U of L. He said he would likely make other visits, including Indiana.

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