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New mixtape of five-star 2016 guard Rawle Alkins (VIDEO)

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New York native and shooting guard Rawle Alkins is one the premier players in the Class of 2016 and he had a huge summer playing in front of college coaches.

The 6-foot-4 guard is regarded as the No. 15 overall prospect in the Rivals Class of 2016 rankings. During the spring and summer with the New York Rens, Alkins averaged 23.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Here’s a mixtape of Alkins from Courtside Films.

Under Armour Elite 24 highlights (VIDEO)

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The 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 took place last Saturday at Pier 2 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park with Team Do Be Doo defeating Team EZ Pass, 111-110.

While Nike’s coinciding showcase took elite prospects such as Harry Giles and Duke-commit Jayson Tatum to the Bahamas, the Elite 24 was still a star-studded event with the nation’s top recruit, Josh Jackson, who won the slam dunk contest the night before, sharing MVP honors with Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Billy Preston and Frank Jackson.

The Elite 24 did not lack for highlights. Arguably the top play of the night occurred less than five minutes in when Adebayo and Michael Porter Jr. nearly took down the entire basket with a putback dunk.

Thon Maker, Terrance Ferguson, Kobi Simmons, Trevon Duval and Rawle Alkins are also featured in the highlights produced by BallisLife, which also chronicled the lead up to the Elite 24.

Highlights from 2015 adidas Nations

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Team Rose, which included Lonzo Ball, Kobi Simmons, Edrice Adebayo, Rawle Alkins, and Mustapha Heron, defeated Team Wall, 113-93 on Monday night at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California to win the 2015 adidas Nations.

Alkins, the five-star guard down to 10 schools, scored a game-high 26 points. Markelle Fultz led Team Wall with 14.

The field at the 2015 adidas Nations also included the nation’s top point guard, Dennis Smith Jr., who averaged 16.0 points and 7.6 assists per game in the showcase, as well as Wenyen Gabriel, July’s biggest stock-riser, wh helped Team Africa finish third.

Frank Jackson and Terrance Ferguson, ranked Nos. 10 and 11 by Rivals, played in the same back court for Team Wall, the runner-up in the event.

Five-star guard Rawle Alkins cuts his list to ten

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Rawle Alkins, a five-star power guard from New York City, has cut his list to ten schools.

He made the announcement on twitter on Sunday morning, listing the following programs: Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, St. John’s, N.C. State, Maryland, Texas and UNLV.

In July, Alkins told NBCSports.com that “the only school in the country that hasn’t offered me is Duke”, and it seems that has not changed. Alkins is a talented scorer and a powerful athlete that will remind some of another New York City product: Lance Stephenson.

Five-star shooting guard focusing on ten schools

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While five-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins has yet to announce where he’ll be attending prep school next year, the former Christ the King (Queens, New York) star and Brooklyn native took a step forward in his recruitment Saturday. Alkins announced that he’s now focusing on ten schools, with Indiana, Kentucky and St. John’s making the cut as many anticipated.

Also still in the running for Alkins, who isn’t expected to make a decision until the spring, are Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, UNLV and Texas.

One of Alkins’ five official visits was learned in mid-July, with Zagsblog.com reporting that he’ll be at Kentucky for “Big Blue Madness” in mid-October. He’s been a focal point for both Indiana and St. John’s, with the Red Storm making a concerted effort following the hiring of Chris Mullin and assistants Barry Rohrssen and Matt Abdelmassih.

Alkins, who didn’t play with the New York Rens in Las Vegas last week, is currently playing at adidas Nations in Long Beach, California. In mid-July he and fellow 2016 guard Mustapha Heron teamed up to lead the Rens to the adidas Gauntlet Grand Finale title in Atlanta. Below are Alkins’ highlights from the event as put together by Courtside Films.

Pangos All-American Camp Day 2: 2017 guards emerge, Rawle Alkins, Taurean Thompson give updates

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CARSON, CA. — The Pangos All-American Camp continued on Saturday as gameplay heated up and some more top performers emerged. Class of 2017 guards Ethan Thompson and Isaiah Washington both performed at a high level while New York native and guard Rawle Alkins showed why he’s one of the best players in the Class of 2016. In the nightcap, 2016 big man Taurean Thompson showed why many at Pangos have been praising his game throughout the weekend.

Ethan Thompson and Isaiah Washington play inspired ball

The Class of 2017 had some high-level guard play during the early session of Saturday as California native Ethan Thompson and New York native Isaiah Washington both put together complete efforts.

The 6-foot-2 Thompson, the son of Oregon State assistant coach Stephen Thompson, shot the ball very well and scored the ball from all three levels, including a feathery touch from the 3-point line. For Thompson, his jump shot is effortless and you get the feeling that the ball is going in every time he releases it.

Although his dad is an assistant coach and his brother, Class of 2015 guard Stephen Thompson Jr., are both apart of the Oregon State basketball program, Ethan is not necessarily a lock to join them in the future. The Beavers have offered Ethan a scholarship, but he plans on keeping his options open. Thompson told NBCSports.com that Cal State Fullerton has offered while Cal, Stanford and Clemson are showing interest.

“I’m still trying to stay open and look for other schools to go to,” Thompson said. “Just because my dad and my brother are going there, they’re not forcing me to go there. I’m still staying open.”

On the opposing side, the 6-foot-0 Washington impressed as a floor leader and he made savvy passes, tough shots from multiple levels and also had some good hesitation dribble moves. The product of St. Raymond’s has a tremendous feel for the game and he’s tough to defend in the open floor, using good footwork and spin moves to get to the basket even though he’s a bit undersized.

Minnesota and Providence have offered Washington scholarships in the early going and high-major programs looking for a feisty floor leader in July should definitely take a look.

Rawle Alkins remains a high-major priority in the 2016 class

Class of 2016 guard Rawle Alkins is already regarded as a four-star prospect and the New York native played in attack mode on Saturday in an ugly, camp-style game. The game he was involved in was an up-and-down transition contest with minimal defense, but Alkins also scored in the halfcourt during the rare chances the game slowed down, using a deceptive first step to score going left or right.

Kentucky, Miami and Texas recently offered Alkins after the April live evaluation period and he’s going to be one of the most sought-after guards in the country this summer.

Alkins has a perimeter jumper that is still a work-in-progress and if he can improve that enough to be a consistent option, he’s going to be nearly impossible to contain off-the-bounce because his ability to finish around the hoop is very good.

Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, N.C. State and Villanova have all kept in touch with Alkins as well and all have offered, he told NBCSports.com. The 6-foot-4 Alkins is the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2016 and he’ll travel to Italy next week as part of the United States group that will play in the adidas Eurocamp.

Taurean Thompson continues a strong camp

One of the most consistent threats during the Pangos All-American Camp has been Class of 2016 big man Taurean Thompson. The 6-foot-10 Thompson was solid during the Nike EYBL this spring with the New Jersey Playaz and he’s had a really good camp as a rebounder, shot blocker and post scorer.

Thompson has scored the ball in a variety of ways, including face-ups and moves around the basket and he’s made a lot of energy plays and come up with rebounds in traffic. The big man told NBCSports.com that Arizona, Xavier, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, Old Dominion, Richmond and Rice have offered scholarships and he’s focused on playing this summer before taking any future visits.

If Thompson continues playing with this type of effort on both ends of the floor, he’s going to have a lot of college coaches following his play in July.