Louisville checking out another NYC guard

Brooklyn, N.Y., junior guard Rawle Alkins impressed Louisville coach Rick Pitino enough at the adidas Gauntlet last month for the Cardinals to offer him a scholarship. Cardinal Authority checks in with the Class of 2016 star.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has a long history of developing guards from the New York City area.

The most recent success was Russ Smith with the next in line being Donovan Mitchell, who is a native of New York but attends a prep school.

Now, the Cardinals are in the mix for another top guard from New York from the 2016 class - Rawle Alkins. U of L offered him a scholarship in July and has stayed in contact.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Alkins is from Brooklyn and attends Christ The King High School and is ranked as the No. 29 nationally in the Class of 2016. He's a four-star prospect.

And he said he's "very interested," in the Cardinals and playing for Pitino.

"I've seen what he's done with guards from New York," he said of Pitino. "I love the style they play and the way they let the guards play. And it's pretty amazing what he can do (with guards). So, I want to check them out."

Alkins also has offers from Kansas, Providence, Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami, North Carolina State, Villanova and Minnesota among others. He has around 20 total offers.

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