The Rawle Alkins Blog: Staying positive through tough season, recruiting and more

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.

Rawle Alkins

What’s up guys this is Rawle Alkins and I’m here doing another player blog with USA Today.

Well, this season has been different; that’s the best word I can use – different.

We lost a big game against API last week, but I feel like we could’ve won that game. API has highly ranked guys like Trevon Duval, Terrance Ferguson, Mark Vital and Billy Preston, so they’re good, but, like I said, I feel like we could’ve won that one, but I didn’t play the majority of the second half.

I don’t know why.

My coach makes calls sometimes that I don’t always understand, but I try to only worry about what I can control.

I will say this though, I try and learn from everything.

I hope that my coach knows what’s best. Unfortunately, we lost the game, but, again, I just try to take everything as a learning experience.

I’m just a competitor and I want to be on the floor at all times helping my team in any way that I can, whether it’s diving for a loose ball, making shots or grabbing a rebound and finding the open teammate. I just want to win.

It’s just been a rough year so far, but that just makes me want to work harder.

Unfortunately I didn’t make the McDonald’s All American Game, and, honestly, I don’t know why, but I don’t dwell on things like that. Congrats to the guys that made it, but just know when I play against any of them I’m coming!

Of course we had Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday and I definitely want to honor him. His impact on the world was and is big.

The recruitment is going great. I went to the N.C. State-Louisville because both of those schools are on my list. I loved the atmosphere. I was watching the style of play and I was just trying to think about how I would fit in. It was a great experience.

Right now I’m still wide open with everything. I have no favorites, but that should change when I start taking visits. I plan to have a top five before I decide.

I’m definitely eager to start my officials to see everything up close. I’ll definitely say that living situation is gonna weigh heavy with me. I just want to see how the players live and what life is like when they’re not playing basketball. That’s a huge part for me.

One of the things that I make sure to do is to keep my circle really small.

If it didn’t come from me, my cousin, his wife, his daughter or my mom then, trust me, it’s not true.

I say that because I’m always hearing crazy things about what I’m gonna do, but it doesn’t come from anyone who would know.

So, again, if you don’t hear it from any of us or read it in my blog then you can just know that it’s not true.

You know I’ve gotta tell you guys about my grades!

They’re still up there. I haven’t checked my GPA lately, but I know I’m still in the 3.0’s so I’m doing really well.

OK, guys thanks again for tuning in to my USA Today blog. I try to be very open with you guys to give you a real look at how things are in my world. I’ll be back with another one really soon.

Take care guys!

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