Rawle Alkins, a five-star combo guard, built a legendary resume this past summer; dominating the adidas circuit (24.3 points per game), leading the NY RENS to the adidas title, helping the U.S. Select team go undefeated at the adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy and winning MVP at both the prestigious adidas Nations showcase and the Pangos All-America Camp. That kind of production has Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, St. John’s, UNLV, UNC and N.C. State all in hot pursuit. Now Alkins has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
What’s up America!
I’m proud and excited to be joining the Arizona Wildcats!
It was a long and grueling process and it was a tough decision, but I’m excited to be moving on to a new chapter in my life.
I was really nervous being on ESPNU for the announcement. It was just my second time on national TV. Live TV is live TV; you only get one shot and if you mess up you’ll probably be one of these memes out here. Haha!
But it was a lot of fun, I feel like I did pretty well!
I told Paul Biancardi that I could see myself being in his job later down the line and he said he thinks I have the personality for it. We’ll see what happens!
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I know there were some fans that were upset with my decision and I understand, but I just want to thank them for supporting me during my recruitment. Whether you sent me a tweet, watched a highlight video or chanted while I was on a visit I appreciate you. I hope you guys can respect that I made the best decision for me.
The reason why I loved Arizona so much is simple: Winning is the only option there.
Like I said in my last blog, I saw them lose to Oregon and it was literally like the end of the world there. I love that and I want to always be associated with winners.
Coach (Sean) Miller told me with team success comes individual success and I agree with that 100 percent. A lot of players worry about who’s gonna be on the roster, but I only worry about winning.
The rest will take care of itself.
I definitely feel like I’ll do well in the Pac-12 with my physical style. I think I’ll bring a toughness that they don’t see as much and, the bottom line is that I feel like I have my best chance of becoming a pro at Arizona.
The other thing is that I love the Wildcat For Life program because if I’m lucky enough to go pro early I can always come back and finish my degree.
I love the fans there too. We could be playing a D-III team and the arena will be sold out! It’s crazy. I feel like we have the best fans in the world because they support us like no other.
I have a close relationship with Coach Book (Richardson) and that definitely played into my decision. I want to say that I’ve got his wife in my prayers too while she deals with a tough time.
I’m definitely excited about the first game next year being on the battleship against Michigan State. That’s big! That’ll just be a cool experience and great test for us!
I think we can be really good next season with myself and Kobi Simmons coming in. He’s a great point guard. He knows when to make the right moves in every situation on the court. I’ve played with and against him and he’s a great teammate. We’ve got the same mentality where winning is the only option. We’ve also got the big man from overseas Lauri (Markkanen) coming and he’s getting comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki and Kristaps Porzingis so he’s definitely a monster!
The biggest thing is that we just have to stick together as a team next year no matter what and we’ll be fine.
My goal is to win a national championship! Anything less is unacceptable and I’m going to do anything I can to get it done. The Final Four next year is in Phoenix so that would be crazy for our fans.
We’ll have big expectations, but I don’t want anything less than that!
I’m not sure who all we’re trying to get now; I’ve been hearing a lot about Terrance Ferguson and Josh Jackson maybe coming and both would be big for us.
Now that I know where I’m going it’s definitely a load off. I’m staying in the weight room now lifting light weights. It’s the first time I’ve lifted in my life and I’m loving it! Arizona is sending me workouts so I’ll be ready when I get there.
I love their trainers and nutritionists there at Arizona too. They measured my body fat when I was out there and it was at 17 percent, since then I’ve got it down to 12 percent.
The goal is to get down to five percent. I WILL get there, trust me.
I’m telling you guys you’re gonna see a new Rawle Alkins; one that you’ve never seen before and one that I’ve never seen before. Get ready.
No matter what, no matter if I’m playing at Arizona or in North Carolina my senior year I’m ALWAYS gonna rep New York City!
I’m just a kid from Brooklyn and I love my city. I’ll have that in my heart at all times.
Of course I want to send a shoutout to my Arizona boys in the Pac-12 tournament this week. I definitely feel like we’ll win it. We’re winners out here!
OK, thank you guys for checking out my blog and watching my decision! Again I appreciate all of your support and I’ll be back soon to update you with another blog.
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