Tar Heels Making Push for Rawle Alkins

Many months are likely to pass before the Rawle Alkins recruitment reaches its conclusion, but North Carolina is attempting to make the most of its opportunity to recruit a New Yorker who’s now prepping in the Triangle.

RALEIGH, N.C. --- Rawle Alkins proved this past summer that he warrants heavy consideration for prep All-American status. Playing for the N.Y. Rens on the Adidas Uprising circuit, Alkins averaged 24 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free throw line.

He relishes contact and is one of the most aggressive, bullying guards in all of high school basketball. He also is a respectable three-point shooter, giving him the offensive balance to terrorize opposing defenses now and into the future.

The powerhouse 6-4 guard acquired a scholarship offer from North Carolina in July and includes the Tar Heels among his list of 11 finalists. Upon recently transferring to loaded Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, Alkins made spontaneous visits to both UNC and NC State.

He met with Roy Williams in Chapel Hill and the Tar Heels’ coach told Alkins that he’d soon make a trip to Raleigh to watch Alkins in person.

That visit took place on Tuesday afternoon, and the Tar Heels remain heavily invested in a recruitment that Alkins intends to extend into next spring — which would suit UNC just fine, as it hopes to put its NCAA troubles to bed by that time.

The UNC/Alkins connection also is tangentially related to first-year Word of God coach Brian Clifton, who previously worked with John Wall and others with the D-One Sports travel squad. The Tar Heels’ head coach and Clifton famously clashed some years back, but the two sides came together on Tuesday at Word of God in an effort to clear the air.

”Coach (Williams) was really clear with me on all of the past sentiments held, and I am both encouraged and excited about being able to have a clear line of communication with UNC,” Clifton said. “I think he and I are coming from the same place. He’s a great coach and a Hall of Famer, and we both want to do good things for kids.”

Tar Heel assistant C.B. McGrath proved instrumental in bringing the two sides together, and he’s also likely to serve as the point person in UNC’s efforts to recruit Alkins.

From here, UNC undoubtedly will attempt to bring in Alkins for its games this season — whether he will utilize one of his five available official visits to see a local school is unclear — and point to what could become an immediately available starting position on the wing.


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