By MATT JESSEN-HOWARD
INDIANAPOLIS — Rawle Alkins, the 2015 shooting guard from Christ the King and the NY Rens, is off to a hot start on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, averaging 24.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists according to adidasuprising.com. His motivation for this success is twofold.
“Winning as a team is important,” he told SNY.tv. “Obviously, we would like to win a championship, but you know personal goals for everyone are to get schools to look at them and get scholarships.”
Scholarships have come in bunches for the consensus four-star prospect. Alkins holds offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (FL), Minnesota, N.C. State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida, St. John’s, and Villanova. Coaches from Cincinnati, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, Rutgers, and St. John’s attended his Saturday morning game against Team Loaded Virginia. To read more of this story, click here
Kassoum Yakwe’s stock is exploding.
The 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward from the PSA Cardinals has played well at the Nike EYBL stop in Lexington and now has more than 15 high-major programs “very involved,” a source told SNY.tv.
Missouri and Florida State are the latest schools that want to get involved, the source said, with Kansas, Iowa State, St. John’s, Washington, Villanova and UConn working “very hard on him.”
The source said Yakwe will also remain in the Class of 2016 and won’t reclass.
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com was at the Our Savior New American-Linden game in February and came away impressed by Yakwe’s athleticism.
“He’s a freak athlete,” Givony said. “He guards, he rebounds, he blocks shots. He has an amazing body with a long wingspan. There are not many guys in college with those physical attributes. If he develops a reliable corner 3, he is going to be an NBA player.”
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Here’s a few quick notes from the early AAU recruiting period.
**V.J. King, a 6-foot-6 SF from Fairfax (VA) Paul VI, told reporters at the Nike EYBL stop in Lexington he will take an official visit to Louisville on May 19. Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson is a former assistant at Paul VI.
“We’ve gotten really close,” King told Ben Roberts of NextCats.com. “It’s definitely a great relationship.”
King also took an unofficial to Virginia this past weekend, Paul VI coach Glen Farello told SNY.tv.
**Malik Monk, a 6-3 SG from Bentonville (AR), went for 39 points, including 6-of-8 from deep with five assists, on Friday night with Kentucky coach John Calipari watching. Arkansas and Kentucky are considered the frontrunners for Monk, who has also had home visits with Kentucky, Oregon and Arkansas in recent weeks, per Roberts. To read more of this story, click here
With the first Nike EYBL session in Lexington, the Kentucky staff and players didn’t have far to travel to watch and recruit some of the biggest stars in the Class of 2016.
Assistant coach Kenny Payne sat with returning players Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee Friday night to watch targets Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Malik Monk.
“I talked to Devin Booker before the game,” Giles told Ben Roberts of NextCats.com. “It’s cool seeing them all around here. Seeing the public, and being able to talk to everybody. To read more of this story, click here
Tyus Battle, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2016 out of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s, could make his college decision by June.
“I’d like to see him get this over with by June,” Gary Battle, the player’s father, told Syracuse.com. “Tyus is undecided on that.”
The 6-foot-6 Battle is coming off back-to-back official visits to Duke and Louisville, where he had dinner at home with both Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino, according to Syracuse.com. Battle also had an in-home visit Wednesday night with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and assistant coach Mike Hopkins. To read more of this story, click here
A slew of high-major Division 1 college coaches will flock to see the New York Rens AAU team this weekend at the Adidas Gauntlet stop in Indianapolis.
Well, the Rens have not one, but two, high-major players in 2016 guards Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron, who decommitted from Pittsburgh last week.
Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Villanova, Indiana, Cincinnati, N.C. State, St. John’s, VCU and Marquette all reached out this week to Rens coach Andy Borman to tell them they would be watching beginning on Saturday at 8 a.m. at Best Choice Fieldhouse.
Some schools have inquired about taking the 6-foot-5 Alkins and the 6-5 Heron as a package. To read more of this story, click here
Lamonte Turner, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy, is looking to reclass to 2015 from 2016, IMG head skills trainer Dan Barto told SNY.tv.
“He will have the opportunity to enroll this fall,” Barto said. “He is a great student and is beyond college ready.”
Coaches from Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Baylor have all been in to see the Alabama native this week.
“Anyone who’s looking for a scoring point guard now will be interested,” Barto said. To read more of this story, click here