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Sunday / September 25.
  • Villanova’s Jay Wright Meets With Rawle Alkins, Pitino Due in Soon

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    RawleVillanova head coach Jay Wright and assistant Kyle Neptune met Tuesday with 2016 Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino is due in soon.

    “[Wright] was just telling me about the school and how much they want me, saying how they set players up with a life after basketball and it’s a family down there, not just a team,” the 6-foot-5 Alkins told SNY.tv.

    “He showed me the style of play they play and how it’s kind of unique, a 4-guard offense, a lot of uptempo and pick-and -rolls.”

    Villanova has always had success recruiting guards from New York and New Jersey, dating back to Mike Nardi, Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher. They are also involved with 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard Tyus Battle and 2017 St. Benedict’s Prep guard Trevon Duval.

    Meantime, Pitino is due in to meet with Alkins on Sep. 25.

    In July,  Pitino offered Alkins, telling him in a text message that he has a history of recruiting New York City guards (Russ Smith being the latest) and that he would “love” to see Alkins in a Cardinal uniform.

    Cincinnati, Indiana and Kansas are among those also recruiting Alkins hard.

    He holds offers from Louisville, Indiana, Miami (FL), Minnesota, N.C. State, South Florida, Seton Hall, Villanova, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Louisville, and Providence.



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.