Rawle Alkins Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • Rawle Alkins was the 21st-ranked prospect in the 2016 high school class[1].
  • In two seasons at Arizona, the six-foot-four wing accumulated 1,760 minutes of college basketball experience.
    • Other than that, he has 62 minutes at the 2015 adidas Eurocamp and 323 minutes at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 adidas Nations under his belt[2].
  • After missing the first 10 weeks of the year due to a foot injury, the 20-year-old[3] averaged 16.7 points per 40 minutes[4] on a below average 54.8% true shooting and posted a 16.8 PER in 23 appearances last season.
  • Arizona played only the 68th-toughest schedule in the country[5] and had a +5.8 pace-adjusted point differential in Alkins’ 723 minutes[6].
  • He didn’t run offense but had some shot creation responsibility off the dribble on ball reversals, attacking off a live dribble on hand-offs and isolating against his man late in the shot clock.
    • Only 44.4% of his 99 field-goals were assisted[7].
  • On the other end, Alkins is kind of just a guy. He has a thick frame and decent length to offer some versatility picking up bigger players on switches but isn’t the sort of player who can elevate the level of a unit and doesn’t create as many events as his athleticism suggests he could.

OFFENSE

  • Alkins logged 23.6% usage rate but on a team with Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier, his primary role was to space the floor, as 40.2% of his shots were three-point attempts.
    • Alkins’ shot can look like a slingshot and a bit mechanical at times but for the most part his release is fluid enough. His trigger certainly improved in comparison to his first year and he has a high release, getting his shots off over closeouts comfortably.
    • He’s only a spot-up shooter at this point of his development, able to take shots relocating around the wing and drifting to the corner, but is yet to show much of anything in terms of coming off screens or out of roll-and-replace or as the back-screener in Spain pick-and-rolls.
    • He nailed 35.9% of his 92 three-point shots, at a pace of 5.1 such attempts per 40 minutes last season. Over his two years at Arizona, he nailed 36.5% of his 211 three-point shots.
    • He hit 72.9% of his 199 free throws over his time in Tucson – an indication that he needs to continue working on his touch.
  • Alkins is very fluid attacking closeouts and can expose a scrambling defense on the move, not just taking it to the rim on straight line drives but also delivering last-second drop-offs and kick-outs.
    • He assisted on 14.2% of Arizona’s scores when he was on the floor last season.
  • Alkins is a capable but not all that efficient scorer in isolation.
    • He has a good first step and decent speed with the ball but mostly gets all the way to the basket by maintaining his balance through contact due to the strength in his 220-pound frame[8].
    • He took 34.5% of his shots at the rim and earned 5.4 foul shots per 40 minutes.
    • Alkins is not an explosive leaper off one foot in traffic and can’t hang in the air but has shown some flexibility in terms of adjusting his body in the air, proved he’s able to score around rim protectors on scoop finishes while making full use of his length and is ambidextrous at it.
    • He converted 64.6% of his 79 shots at the rim as a sophomore, after finishing his 120 such attempts at a 63.2% clip as a freshman.
  • When matched up against stronger types, Alkins can go between the legs and spin to get by his man or gain momentum forward on craft. But he is not very shifty side-to-side and hasn’t yet developed a tight handle, often ending up with a stop-and-pop pull-up with a hand in his face or a floater, both of which he is capable of making but not yet efficient at.
    • He hit just 25.9% of his 58 two-point shots last season.
    • He also averaged 2.6 turnovers per 40 minutes.
  • Alkins didn’t have a lot of chances to run middle pick-and-roll against a set defense but proved he is able to run side pick-and-rolls to keep the offense moving.
    • He can hit the roll man over the top, make a bounce pass setting up a mid-range jumper in pick-and-pop and make a skip pass to the three-point when that pick-and-pop big has long range.
    • He didn’t show anything advanced in terms of turning the corner, getting deep into lane or engaging the help defense and tossing up lobs in traffic or making passes across his body to the opposite end of the court.
  • Alkins took smaller matchups into the post from time-to-time but only showed a basic skill-set, looking to set simple turnaround hooks or side finishes after trying to create space by knocking back his man for a couple of bumps.
  • Alkins is an explosive leaper off two feet with some space to load up, which can be seen on diagonal cuts and figures to make him an option to play above the rim as a target for lobs sneaking behind the defense.
  • For a wing, Alkins was decent in the offensive glass and showed a quick second jump to translate some of those second chances into immediate scores on tip-ins.
    • He collected 8% of Arizona’s misses when he was on the floor and shot 61.5% on his 14 putback attempts.

DEFENSE

  • When engaged, Alkins can do well one-on-one against other wings, as he certainly has the tools to excel. He can slide his feet laterally to stay in front out in space, uses his strength to contain dribble penetration, guards with his arms up and has an eight-foot-three standing reach[9] to contest shots effectively when he is able to stay in his man’s personal space.
  • Arizona didn’t switch aggressively and matched up conventionally, so he rarely guarded smaller types. When he did guard the point of attack, Alkins didn’t seem able to get skinny navigating over picks.
  • Alkins did find himself on bigger players every once in a while. In these instances, he proved himself tenacious enough to front the post and then box them out in the defensive glass.
    • In the game against New Mexico, he logged a few minutes as the second biggest player in a smaller lineup and flashed some appealing awareness stepping up to the front of the rim to challenge shots as the last line of defense.
  • Alkins was so-so on closeouts. There were times he was able to run the shooter off his shot and stay in front but there were others where he flew by and exposed the defense behind him.
  • He showed he is able to execute the scheme stunting inside to clog driving lanes and rotating in to help crowd the area near the basket. Alkins also used his six-foot-eight wingspan to make some plays in the passing lanes – averaging a good, not great 1.6 steals per 40 minutes.
  • His contributions on the defensive glass were marginal, as he collected just 10.7% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor last season.
  • Arizona had a lower defensive rating without him on the floor.

[1] According to ESPN

[2] According to RealGM

[3] DOB: 10/29/1997

[4] According to sports-reference

[5] According to Ken Pomeroy

[6] According to RealGM

[7] According to hoop-math

[8] According to Arizona’s official listing

[9] According to the measurements on last year’s combine

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at RealGM, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara

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