1-on-1 w/ Rawle Alkins

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You would be hard pressed to find a player who’s stock has risen higher this past summer than Rawle Alkins. From having his way in the CHSAA at Christ the King High School (Queens, NY) to dominating on the Adidas AAU circuit [leading the NY Rens to an Adidas Gauntlet championship; also winning the MVP at Adidas Nations] the 6’5 Shooting Guard has been on a tear. In his final year of school the Brooklyn, NY native has decided to finish out his high school basketball career under Coach Brian Clifton at Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC). Fresh off of a plane from NYC and straight to the court for an open gym session at his new school, Alkins still found a few minutes to sit down afterward and chat with R.A.M. Prospects.

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Rawle Alkins going up against Dennis Smith Jr. [Photo credit: Courtside Films]

R.A.M. Prospects: What are you looking forward to most out here (North Carolina)?

Rawle Alkins: I’m looking forward to getting better as a player… Grow up as a person, just become more mature.

R.A.M.: Tell me about Brooklyn and how the city shaped your game?

RA: I got the Brooklyn SWAGGER… Right now they call me “The King of New York” and me being from Brooklyn I always have to represent where I’m from.

R.A.M.: As far as rankings go, at what point did you feel that you were one of the best players in the country?

RA: I always felt that way… I always felt that way before rankings, when I was virtually unknown. I always felt you had to have confidence to play basketball. If you don’t have confidence in yourself with anything, there’s no point in doing it. So with every game, every practice, every workout, I always feel like I’m the best player on the court!

…with every game, every practice, every workout, I always feel like I’m the best player on the court!”

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Rawls showing off textbook form on the jumper.

R.A.M.: What’s the best part of your game?
RA: That’s a hard question, because [I feel] there’s not anything that I’m terrible at in the game. There’s nothing that you can point out in my game that is terrible. My strength is being an all around player. Having the ability to shoot and attack the rim. Creating for others is a big thing I had to add to my game, because I want to be [known as] a combo guard.

R.A.M.: Watching you play in open gym, one thing I noticed is your passing…

RA: I’m an underrated passer… I want to be known as a Combo Guard.

R.A.M.: Alright, last question for you, what’s the best pizza in New York?

RA: **Laughs** I don’t know man… I like original pizza. I like local pizza that you can find in any [authentic] NYC pizzeria.

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