How is this stat line for a first NCAA tourney game: 20 points (8-8 fg, 2-2 3pt, 2-2 ft), 4 boards, 5 assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes? That’s what former Ballislife All-American Rawle “King of NY” Alkins had during Arizona’s 100-82 win against North Dakota.
“Tonight in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, you would expect freshmen to sometimes have a struggle.” Said Coach Sean Miller. “Lauri and Rawle were our two best players tonight, and in Rawle’s case, it might’ve been the best game he’s played at Arizona.”
I’ve been watching his athleticism and skills for years but the reason why I knew the creator of the #SavageLife movement was going to be a success in Arizona and eventually in the NBA is because of his attitude and desire to learn and get better. At our All-American Game, he was probably the most respectful and appreciative player in the game and was so open to advice, he was even asking the pro dunkers that did the half-time show for tips on jumping.
Don’t expect to hear about too many more “perfect games” from Alkins but you can bet you will be hearing a lot more about his impressive and evolving game in the near future.