Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Arizona’s Rawle Alkins beginning NBA team workouts
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Arizona guard and Brooklyn native Rawle Alkins began his NBA team workouts with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
After Sacramento, the 6-foot-5 Alkins will fly to Atlanta to work out for the Hawks, a league source told ZAGSBLOG. He also has a workout with the Phoenix Suns next Friday.
“Everyone’s dream is to play in the NBA,” he said after the Kings workout. “Everyone’s path is different but after talking to my agent he felt it would be best to do workouts after the Combine.”
Alkins is expected to have about several more team workouts and will also have a Pro Day next Thursday at the new Impact Gym in Las Vegas where all 30 teams are expected to attend. Anfernee Simons (IMG Academy), Troy Brown (Oregon), Jacob Evans (Cincinnati) and Brandon McCoy (UNLV) are also expected at the Pro Day. Alkins also participated last week in the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
“Talking to these teams, they love the fact that I’m position-less,” he added. “They just can put me out there. The NBA is just a fast-paced game. If you look at the playoffs, the Houston Rockets, the Warriors, there’s no centers, there’s no real positions on the court. It’s just fast-paced basketball.”
During his sophomore season, Alkins averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists and helped lead Arizona to a PAC-12 Tournament title before falling to Buffalo in the Round of 64.
Alkins tested the waters after his freshman year but decided to return to Tuscon after working out for teams and receiving feedback from NBA personnel.
Two of Alkins’ Wildcat teammates, Allonzo Trier and Deandre Ayton, are also in the Draft, with the 7-foot Ayton in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick to Phoenix.
In the latest ESPN NBA Mock Draft, Alkins is the 53rd overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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.
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