IU remains in the mix for Rawle Alkins #iubb

Rawle Alkins remains interested in Indiana, announcing through Twitter Wednesday that the Hoosiers are among his final eight college choices.

Alkins, one of the top guards in the 2016 class, tweeted that he’s considering IU, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina State, North Carolina, UNLV and St. John’s. The 6-foot-5, five-star prospect is ranked as the No. 15 player in the nation, according to the 247 Sports composite, and the No. 1 prospect in New York, though he recently transferred from Christ The King to Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. Alkins made the switch because he faced the possibility of ineligibility in New York after playing in some varsity games during an eighth-grader in Florida. At Christ The King, Alkins played alongside IU tight end Jordan Fuchs, who also played briefly for IU coach Tom Crean’s program late last season.

While participating in the Adidas Uprising Indianapolis Gauntlet in April, Alkins told The Herald-Times that no school was recruiting him as hard as Indiana. Thomas Bryant dropped by the same event and told Alkins, “We could take IU by storm.”

Alkins, who visited IU for last year’s Hoosier Hysteria, has most notably drawn comparisons to Lance Stephenson, both for his strong, physical style of play and for becoming New York City’s most heralded recruit since Stephenson came out of Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High School in 2009.

A decision is not expected from Alkins until the spring.

IU currently has two recruits in its 2016 class, which is expected to included between four to six players by the start of next season. Crown Point shooter Grant Gelon was the first to commit, and Huntington (W. Va.) Prep four-star combo guard Curtis Jones committed on Saturday.