New St. John's basketball coach Chris Mullin wasted no time on the recruiting trail, and Rawle Alkins of Canarsie, Brooklyn, was one of his first targets.
But Alkins, who said he received a scholarship offer from St. John's on Mullin's first day on the job, does not intend to reciprocate with a quick answer.
The powerful, 6-5 guard who played his last three seasons at Christ the King, said he will not commit to a college until the spring. St. John's, he said, is in the mix.
"I don't really have a list," said Alkins, who is hoping to play for a prep school in the fall. "I have no top five, none of those types of things. Every school, I'm wide open. I'm wide open to everyone. Everyone that's not in contact with me can get in contact with me if they want."
Several college prospect websites, including ESPN, Rivals and Scout, rate Alkins as a four-star recruit. He said he has received additional offers from Kentucky, Indiana, Florida and Kansas, among many others.
St. John's has pitched a starring role to Alkins.
As Kentucky head coach John Calipari and St. John's assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih watched on Thursday, Alkins posted 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in the first session at the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp at LIU Post. Through three games at the prestigious camp, Alkins is averaging 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2 steals. He is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent (9-for-24) from long range while also excelling in transition.
Playing for Team Wiggins, Alkins accepted the late-game challenge of attempting to stop Team Rose's Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, an athletic, 6-10 center from North Carolina who had 24 points and 13 rebounds. St. John's also has an offer out to Adebayo, who said he will begin to evaluate his options at the end of July.
Adebayo still helped his team close out an 83-78 win, but Alkins proved something to the consensus five-star recruit and St. John's target.
"He's got heart," Adebayo said of Alkins. "Most people were like, 'I'm not guarding him,' but Rawle was like, 'I'll take the challenge and guard him.' I've got to give him respect for it."
Alkins, Adebayo and fellow St. John's targets Mustapha Heron (Waterbury, Connecticut) and Shamorie Ponds (Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson High School), were selected to participate in Thursday night's Uprising Showcase at Rucker Park.