Arizona got a big time commitment in the Class of 2016 with small forward Rawle Alkins. The 6-4, 200 lb forward out of Brooklyn boasts a strong physical frame and strength that few players at his level can match.
Alkins also has the ability to play on the perimeter and score from the three point line, making him a matchup nightmare. As a great athlete, Alkins’ potential is through the roof and he continues to just scratch the surface of his upside.
After seeing the campus earlier this year, Alkins began to realize that he could call Tucson home.
“They have a great basketball program and a great atmosphere,” Alkins said. “It’s one of the best programs in the country.”
Alkins also mentioned that his relationship with the coaching staff played a large factor in his decision.
“I have a great relationship with the coaches, and they really know how to develop players. I think they can help me grow and achieve my goals,” he said.
Coming from the east coast, Alkins is going to be a long way from New York. But he said the distance won’t be a factor and that he’s looking forward to living in Arizona.
“The weather is great, especially during the winter. And it’s a beautiful campus, so there’s a lot to like about it,” he said.
Joining fellow top 25 recruit Kobi Simmons, Arizona has the potential to put together a star studded class with the top 2016 player still available in Josh Jackson.
“We have big goals for the next season, we’re trying to do something special,” Alkins said.
Check out more of Alkins’ game in the video below: