ESPN No. 17 ranked high school senior Rawle Alkins is excited about joining Arizona’s loaded recruiting class in the fall.
That class includes fellow seniors No. 13 Terrance Ferguson, No. 18 Kobi Simmons, and 6-10 Finland forward Lauri Markkanen, the leading scorer at the FIBA U18 European Championships last summer.
“We’ve got firepower from the outside, the inside, driving, everywhere!” Alkins told USA Today of the 2016-17 Wildcats. “With our team next year you’re not gonna be able to double team anyone, really. You’re gonna have to stop the whole team so good luck with that.”
Alkins said that adding Ferguson, a 6-7 shooting guard from Advanced Prep (Dallas) who poured in 21 points to lead the USA squad at April’s Nike Hoop Summit, was the last piece to the puzzle.
“He’s a guy that can knock it down as soon as he crosses halfcourt; just a great weapon to have,” said Alkins.
The 6-4 Alkins led Christ the King to its third straight CHSAA championship in 2014-15, becoming the first school to accomplish this feat since 1982.
He transferred to Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC) for his senior year.
At the adidas Gauntlet over the summer, Alkins averaged a whopping 24.3 points a game. He also helped guide the U.S. Select team to a 3-0 record at the 2015 adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy.
At adidas Nations (July 31-August 3), Alkins averaged 21.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists over five games. He finished with 26 points while making 6-of-8 threes in the title game and was named tournament MVP.
He then put on a impressive show in front of full crowd at the Aug. 22 Under Armour Elite 24 at Brooklyn’s Pier 2 in New York City. He just missed getting another MVP award, but his team came out on top winning 111-110. He finished with 14 points, and a memorable highlight crossover move on No. 3 senior Josh Jackson.
“He’s the best junior I’ve ever coached,” Christ the King head coach Joe Arbitello told the New York Post. “I played with three first-round NBA picks [at Christ the King]. He’s in the upper echelon of Christ the King history.