Rawle Alkins trims list


Christ the King (NY)’s Rawle Alkins is one of the most sought-after guards.

On Saturday, Alkins trimmed his list to 10 schools with Maryland making the cut.

Alkins’ top 10 schools are Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, St. John’s, Texas, and UNLV in addition to the Terps. The five-star guard will attend prep school this coming season, but hasn’t announced where he will be playing yet.

Indiana, Kentucky, and St. John’s are viewed as the favorites at this point in Alkins’ recruitment.

Last month, it was learned that Alkins would be at Kentucky on Oct. 16 for “Big Blue Madness,” which will be one of his five official visits. At the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp, the Red Storm were three-deep with coach Chris Mullin being accompanied by assistants Matt Abdelmassih and Barry Rohrssen.

Alkins is currently the No. 12 recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports. He is also rated as the third-best shooting guard and the top player in the state of New York.

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The Terps offered back on Jan. 31, before Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas.

Maryland currently only has one commitment for the 2016 recruiting class. St. John’s College guard Anthony Cowan has already pledged to the Terps and will likely be the successor to point guard Melo Trimble once he leaves College Park.

The Terps could definitely use some depth at the shooting guard position. Dion Wiley and Rasheed Sulaimon currently occupy the position, but Sulaimon will only be in College Park for one season. Alkins would allow Wiley to still come off the bench of a sharpshooter.

Obviously, Maryland is a longshot to land Alkins’ services. However, his five-star AAU teammate Mustapha Heron is strongly considering the Terps and is scheduled to visit College Park in the fall, according to InsideMDSports.

While Alkins may not end up being a Terp, it is a great sign to see so many blue-chip recruits holding Maryland in such high regard.