The NBA Draft Combine got underway on Thursday, which meant that Arizona Wildcats G/F Rawle Alkins hit the floor in search of some more feedback from scouts and coaches.
Heading into the event, NBA executives said that Alkins should return to school, but he still seems very unsure about what to do.
Alkins told the media in Chicago that he’s “50-50” on returning to school or not.
.@Iam_RawleAlkins tells me he's '50/50' on staying in the Draft or returning to Arizona.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 11, 2017
But he also said “I’m seriously considering coming back to school next year.”
These comments came after he led his team in scoring, putting up 18 points during the first scrimmage, which was also a game-high.
Thursday was kind of a mixed bag for Rawle because while he performed well on the court, he measured out to be a bit shorter than the 6-foot-5 listed in Arizona’s media guide.
Rawle Alkins— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) May 11, 2017
NBA Draft Combine Measurements
Height w/ Shoes: 6'3.75"
Standing Reach: 8'3"
Body Fat: 11 pic.twitter.com/v6Td59Gip9
On the flip side, he was one of just 20 players to have at least 10” wide hands, and his arms are long for his size. The thing people seem to be talking about the most is his body fat percentage, which was 11% (T-7th highest of all players in attendance).
Here are some more thoughts about Alkins from people in the know that saw him play Thursday:
Rawle Alkins stole this way too easily from Thornwell. (via @clippittv) pic.twitter.com/a55TNsy8KN— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) May 11, 2017
Having already worked out for OKC, Arizona's @Iam_RawleAlkins will interview with them again tomorrow. Utah Jazz also.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 11, 2017
Rawle Alkins of Arizona really impressed in the 5 on 5. Has a lot of Lance Stephenson in him who is also from NY @trigonis30 #NBACombine— Samad H. (@Semaj_James28) May 11, 2017
In watching the NBA combine, among players in first game who've impressed: Jordan Bell, Moritz Wagner, Rawle Alkins.— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) May 11, 2017
Some nice moments for Rawle Alkins. A load going to the rim, not shying away from contact, can play PnR and make a spot three.— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) May 11, 2017
Rawle Alkins out of Arizona with the nice finish. pic.twitter.com/6UNMXrwLHp— Cowbell Kingdom (@Cowbell_Kingdom) May 11, 2017
Rawle Alkins looks like the best player on the floor right now and it isn't all that close— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) May 11, 2017