GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Rawle Alkins earned a scholarship from Roy Williams last month, and it’s a call Alkins remembers well.
“Walking down the streets of Brooklyn, New York I get a random call from a North Carolina number,” said Alkins. “I answer it, I’m like ‘hello, what’s up?’ I hear ‘Hello, this is the University of North Carolina Coach Roy Williams.’ It’s not every day you get a call from a legendary coach. I was with my friends, so I put it on mute and told me friends ‘Hey, its Roy Williams.’ He told me he had been watching me for awhile, loved my game, and wanted to see me at the University of North Carolina.”
“He told me he would be watching me this summer but unfortunately I did not go to Vegas,” said Alkins. “I missed Vegas because my finger was messed up so he couldn’t watch me in the last live period.”
The injured finger has not slowed down Alkins in August. Through two games at adidas Nations, the 6-4 wing is averaging 17.5 points, 8.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds per game for his team that is 2-0.
“My summer’s been crazy,” said Alkins. “Getting my name out there. I was virtually unknown. Even after that St. Rita’s game in the Chicago Elite Classic I wasn’t known. I’m just playing my game and people are finally starting to notice. People are starting to see what I’ve seen for a while. I’ve always had confidence in my game. That comes with the game of basketball. You always need to be confident.”
Coming from New York and playing with a powerful style, Alkins often gets compared to another New Yorker in Lance Stephenson.
“I get the Lance comparison,” said Alkins. “I get Tyreke Evans. I get Victor Oladipo. It depends what college. Every college compares me to a guard. At Kentucky Calipari compares me to Tyreke Evans. Victor Oladipo with Tom Crean. It just depends.”
During Alkins’s junior season he led Christ the King (N.Y.) to their third straight city title. Now he is looking for a new home and must spend his senior season at a prep school.
“My main focus is finding a prep school,” said Alkins. “It’s a tough decision. I’m going to need to make two very big decisions. Where I go to prep school and where I go to college.”
Alkins announced a list of 10 finalists on Sunday: Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, St. John’s, NC State, Maryland, and UNLV,
As for a timeline, Alkins noted that it would probably be late spring before choosing a school. And there aren’t many that will have a say in his decision-making process.
“At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter about who I talk to,” said Alkins. “I’m gonna do what’s best for me. “I’m gonna make me own decision. It’s a decision you have to live through. Anyone you talk to they don’t live through your decisions so they aren’t going to make any decisions for me. I talk to my mom and cousin and I keep my circle real small.”
When discussing UNC, Alkins noted, “I’m familiar with their past, but I’m one of those guys that feels like their past is not about their future. Just because they did it when you weren’t there doesn’t mean they will do it when you are there. But North Carolina’s past is amazing. You know Michael Jordan. A lot of pros.”
“He (Coach Williams) wants me to visit,” Alkins added. “He said as soon as I find out where I’m going for prep school he wants me to visit. Right now I’m just trying to figure out what prep school I’m going to.”
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