CARSON, Calif. -- Rawle Alkins generated a lot of buzz this spring and followed that up by being one of the top performers at the Pangos All-American Camp this past weekend.
The 6-foot-4 wing at Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ The King - described by Scout.com experts as "a tough, physical and aggressive prospect ... who plays with a tremendous amount of energy" - is beginning to hear from North Carolina. Alkins said that Kentucky, Miami and Texas have offered scholarships this spring while Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, N.C. State and Villanova are among those that remain in the picture.
"UNC and Duke, all those guys have been hitting me up," Alkins said. "Coach Roy Williams and Mike Kryzewski are different. They have to evaluate guys in two completely different atmospheres. They want to see you when the crowd is crazy; they want to see you when the crowd is empty. They want to see if you bring the same intensity and just bring it."
Tar Heel assistant coach C.B. McGrath has been texting with Alkins in recent weeks and Alkins noted that he already feels a connection to Carolina. Alkins cited that Christ the King alum Derrick Phelps played a big hand in Carolina's 1993 national championship and added that he has something in common with one of the players on the current roster.
"It's been crazy. [McGrath] has been texting me and they've been keeping up with me. They want to know about me," Alkins said of Carolina. "I'm [originally] from Florida. They have a guy where I'm from, West Palm Beach: Joel James. So they have that connection."
Alkins is looking into a few factors that will aid in his future college decision. He's already taken unofficial visits to various schools on his list and is getting a feel for playing at the next level.
"College-wise I want a great atmosphere. An atmosphere where they want you to win; they're down for you no matter what," Alkins said. "You can't be anything without people on your side. I want a coach that's going to help me get better as a player and as a person.
"I'm trying to get a feel for their expectations of me as a freshman. Guys saying how, 'senior year you're going to be that guy.' I want to make an immediate impact. I want to be in the gym every day getting better. I want pro coaches watching me. You have to have pro coaches and people that know the game in the building. I want to hear that I'm set for life. Not only basketball-wise but investments, academic-wise."
Before Alkins plays during the July live evaluation period, he'll first compete in Italy as part of the adidas Eurocamp.
"My summer has just been great. I'm looking forward to the journey that's coming. I'm going to Italy on Wednesday, so that's going to be crazy," Alkins said. "I have to get used to traveling. Before AAU, before high school, I haven't been traveling like this. It's all new to me. Getting on flights. Seven-hour flights, 12-hour flights. It's all new to me.
"I think it's going to be a great experience. I've never really left the country to play basketball before. So it's just all new. It's the lifestyle you have to have if you want to make it."
This summer, Alkins will again run with the New York Rens in the adidas Gauntlet.
"Everything; specifically my jump shot," Alkins said of working on his game. "They say I need to get more in-shape. I want to work on my IQ a bit. I want to be more of a combo guard."
This spring during the April evaluation period, Alkins averaged 24.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the field.
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