Rawle Alkins 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 220 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MID FIRST TO EARLY SECOND ROUND (CHANCE TO RISE) UNDERRATED IN OUR OPINION
We have been very high on Rawle Alkins ever since we saw him play numerous times in high school The New York native. He played his first 3 seasons at Christ the King high school in New York. Alkins then had a highly publicized transfer to Word Of God high school in North Carolina. NBA All-Star John Wall went to Word of God. The Arizona sophomore is considered a local legend in New York.
We have compared Alkins to NBA veteran Lance Stephenson as there games are very similar. The powerfully built SG has improved dramatically this year for the Wildcats. He has played much more under control and it shows in his stats. The 20-year old is averaging 15.7pts, 5.1reb, and 2.3ast per game for the talented Wildcats. Playing with future NBA draft picks DeAndre Ayton and Allonzo Trier has given Alkins the opportunity to not be double-teamed and he is taking full advantage.
Alkins has a great body that is suited for the NBA level. While listed as a shooting guard, he has the ball-handling and passing ability to play the point guard position. This versatility has NBA scouts taking notice. We see Alkins being a very solid combo guard at the next level. The former high school All-American is a load to handle one on one. With his strength, he is a very tough cover when attacking the basket. He finishes very well and with both hands.
Always playing with a high motor, the 6’5″ star is excellent in the transition game as Arizona loves to get up and down the floor quickly. He is very adept at scoring on the move. Alkins has improved his outside shooting touch and sports a nice mid-range game. While currently only shooting 33% from behind the arc, he has nice shooting mechanics, although he needs to repeat his mechanics on a consistent basis. If he can improve his long-distance shooting, he will become a much tougher cover as opposing defenders will have to play him tighter.
Rebounding on both ends of the court is one of his many strengths. There are many instances where he becomes a one man fast break after securing a rebound. Like the majority of touch NY guards, he gets after it on the defensive of the court. He is touch and doesn’t back down from anyone. He plays a physical type of defense and lets his opponents know. There is a brash of confidence that he plays with every time he steps on the floor.
Alkins needs to cut down on his turnovers. A 1-1 ratio of assists to turnovers is sub-par. A player with his natural gifts should be better than that. Trying to do too much at times is the predominate factor for his turnovers. Alkins has had a few injuries during his brief time at Arizona leading to concerns that he might be injury prone as he gets older. Personally, we aren’t concerned as he shows that when he comes back from an injury, his play actually improves.
Rawle Alkins is one of our favorite players in college basketball. In our opinion, he is very underrated to where he is projected to be selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. Many analysts have him going in the 2nd round. After watching him live for 3 years in high school and at Arizona, there aren’t 30 players better than him. He should be a first round pick. It is our belief that Alkins can eventually turn into an NBA starter in a few years. Worst case scenario is that he becomes a very good 6th man/ rotational player. We have a feeling that NBA teams will look back in 3-4 years and regret passing up on Alkins. He has the body and skill-set that is made for the NBA level.
SNIPPETS OF RAWLE ALKIN’S 2016 HIGH SCHOOL SCOUTING REPORT
“At first glance Alkins looks like NBA veteran Lance Stephenson as his game also resembles the former NYC legend. A powerfully built 6’4″ shooting guard, the 18-year old is a pure scorer and looks unstoppable in transition. He already has a 51-point scoring outing this season. Despite his powerful frame, he is very athletic and a phenomenal rebounder for his position.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF RAWLE ALKINS
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