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What a Rawle Alkins signature would mean for each of his three finalists
Tonight 5-star guard Rawle Alkins makes his college decision between St. John’s, UNLV and Arizona. The scrappy, slashing, two-way guard will make a positive impact wherever he lands.
As atrocious as the Johnnies were this year, they have a chance at a serious quick turn around here with Alkins and 5-star center Thon Maker. Both recruits would make an instant impact for Chris Mullin’s team, Rawle Alkins is a tough and gritty guard from Brooklyn and certainly plays the part to lead the Red Storm back to the promised land.
Why would a top prospect want anything to do with UNLV– an interim head coach, a record barely over .500, and they play in somewhat of a mid-major conference? But, for whatever reason, Alkins wants in, so it is beyond crucial for the program that they can get an Alkins signature to stop this program from heading down the wrong direction.
The Wildcats need to fill a huge hole at guard with senior Gabe York graduating after this season, but, the Wildcats could have a scary set of guards next year regardless if they get Alkins. They will gain incoming Freshman Kobi Simmons and they will get back Ray Smith, a highly touted freshman who tore his ACL before this year, so Alkins would be icing on their cake. Also, there is no guarantee one of their leading scorers, Alonzo Trier, will leave early for the draft, so that is a scary amount of talented guards for Sean Miller. If they get an Alkins signature, they are a serious championship contender.
It’s clear wherever Alkins ends up next year he will make a big impact, but where will he end up, tune into ESPNU at 9PM eastern.
My prediction: Arizona
I think Arizona has too much to offer with a talented roster around him, and a great coach in Sean Miller.