FISHERS, Ind. – It’s not that Rawle Alkins has grand ambitions of hoisting the adidas Gauntlet scoring title trophy by summer’s end.
He’s not headed into games subconsciously devising a calculated plan to get buckets and he’s not launching off-balance NBA threes to make sure he gets his points; all Alkins, a wing who runs with NY Rens, wanted from this AAU season was “to be considered one of the top 10 players in the 2016 class.”
That mindset translated into Alkins dropping a league leading 29.3 points per game at adidas Gauntlet’s first session in Dallas April 10-12.
“I don’t come into a game saying I’m gonna get 40 points,” said Alkins, a junior who averaged 22 points a game at Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) this season. “Everything I get is in the flow of the game. I just take what the defense gives me and it’s been working. I’m more concerned with the win.”
So far at the Gauntlet’s second session, Alkins’ scoring has dropped to 12 points per game; the Rens are 1-1 with two games left this weekend.
“I’m definitely getting a lot more defensive attention after that first session,” said Alkins, who is No. 27 overall in the ESPN 60. “But that all comes with it. I just wanted to set the tone in that first session and now I want to just keep playing at a high level. That first session was big for my recruitment.”
Post-Dallas, Alkins has picked up interest from Duke, Kentucky, Auburn, VCU, Arizona State and Texas. Kentucky’s John Calipari, St. John’s Chris Mullin, Indiana’s Tom Crean and Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson were among the coaches watching the Rens on Saturday morning. UConn coach Kevin Ollie and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon were among the group watching the Rens’ afternoon game.
“It’s been real crazy the way things have picked up,” Alkins said. “But I’ve just gotta keep going hard and taking it to the next level every game. I’m not thinking about Dallas anymore because I’ve gotta go higher than that.”
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