2016-2017 Stats: 10.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists
Why They Are Here
Rawle Alkins is one of the top returning players in college basketball. Alkins had the option to go into the NBA Draft as a likely early second round pick. Instead, Alkins decide to return in hopes of improving his jumper and raise his stock to a first round grade. Alkins is a bully on the court. He uses his big body and strength to get into the paint and finish with contact. He is a good defender that will need to improve his quickness to guard pure 2’s at the next level.
Role on This Year’s Team
Arizona is absolutely loaded this year with Alonzo Trier returning and DeAndre Ayton coming in as a highly touted freshman. Alkins will have the ball in his hands more this year with Kobi Simmons and Khadeem Allen departed. Those two play the same position as Alkins. Expect a rise in scoring and rebounds as both Alkins usage and efficiency rise.
College Season/NBA Prospects
This is a make or break year for Alkins. It is extremely difficult to raise your stock much after your sophomore season. Alkins must show that he can handle a bigger role and he can defend quicker guards. If that happens, Alkins could work his way into a late lottery pick. If not much changes in the eyes of NBA scouts, Alkins can enter the NBA as a second round pick and work his way up from there. I have followed Alkins since he was a lightly recruited player in New York. I like his game a lot and feel that he can be an extremely valuable player for NBA teams.