Rawle Alkins is the No. 9 player in the Class of 2016, according to Rivals, a powerful scoring guard with the handle and flair that you would expect out of a kid from New York City.
Alkins — whose game is reminiscent of another power guard from New York, Lance Stephenson — is being pursued by just about every program in the country. Over the summer, he told NBCSports.com that “Duke is the only program that hasn’t offered me a scholarship”.
Recently, Alkins made the decision to leave the city and transfer to Word of God Academy in North Carolina. They’re getting quite a talented player.
UCLA has landed a commitment from another elite Southern California prospect, as Class of 2017 recruit Jaylen Hands has committed to play for the Bruins.
“Thank you to those who recruited me,” Hands wrote on twitter. “Me and my family chose to further my education and career at UCLA.”
Hands is a top 25 prospect in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals. A 6-foot-1 point guard who will play his high school ball for Balboa City Prep, the same program that elite prospect Deandre Ayton plays for, Hands is the third member of the 2017 recruiting class that Steve Alford has landed, joining four-star power forward Jalen hill and three-star shooting guard LiAngelo Ball. Ball is the younger brother of Lonzo, a five-star point guard in the Class of 2016 that is committed to UCLA, and the older brother of LaMelo Ball, a Class of 2019 guard committed to the Bruins.
Hands played his AAU ball for the Compton Magic, a program with whom UCLA has very close ties. Assistant coach David Grace was once a coach in the Magic program.
Villanova has landed their second commitment in the Class of 2016 as three-star big man Dylan Painter announced on Wednesday that he will be a Wildcat.
“Beyond excited to announce that I am going to be joining the Villanova basketball family,” he wrote on twitter.
Painter is a 6-foot-10, 215 pound power forward from Hershey, Pennsylvania, that will give Jay Wright another physical presence in the paint. He’s a nice compliment to the more talented Omari Spellman, a five-star low-post player in the Class of 2016 that is also committed to Villanova, as Painter can step out an knock down a jumper as well.
The Wildcats are going to need some front court depth in 2016-17 as starting center Daniel Ochefu will be graduating after this season.