Rawle Alkins, a five-star guard who signed with Arizona in the spring, has been academically cleared and will be eligible for the Wildcats during the 2016-17 season. Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com, citing sources, Tweeted the news Wednesday morning.
Arizona freshman Rawle Alkins has been academically cleared by the NCAA, multiple sources told @CBSSports.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 17, 2016
Alkins is 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. He’s a powerful scorer who can play both shooting guard and small forward. While he has been a prolific scorer in high school and summer ball, most observers believe he has the ability to be a lock down defender.
He visited Tucson and Jan. 27 and was in attendance when the Wildcats lost to Oregon, ending Arizona’s 49-game home court winning streak. Alkins wrote in a blog for USA Today that he was impressed with how the players and coach Sean Miller handled the defeat.
Alkins is from New York but played this past season at Word of God Christian Academy in North Carolina.
Arizona has signed three five-star rated recruits for the 2016 class. In addition to Alkins, the Wildcats signed forward Lauri Markkanen of Finland and guard Kobi Jordan-Simmons of Georgia. Jordan-Simmons and Alkins were teammates at adidas Nations last summer.
The addition of Alkins and Jordan-Simmons will create a crowded backcourt. Arizona returns four guards from last season’s roster – Kadeem Allen, Allonzo Trier, Justin Simon and Parker Jackson-Cartwright.