Five-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins will take an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Friday night for that program’s midnight madness festivities.
Alkins — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Brooklyn, N.Y. — tried to set up an official visit to Kentucky last weekend for Big Blue Madness, but that trip did not happen.
Alkins’ cousin, Rodney Labossiere, told the Herald-Leader that he attempted to contact UK’s coaching staff about arranging the visit early last week, but didn’t hear back until Thursday — the day before Madness — and plans for the trip fell through.
Word out of UK indicated that the program wanted a smaller group of players on official visits for this year’s Big Blue Madness in order to spend more time with each recruit.
Last year, UK commitment Charles Matthews was joined by five high-profile visitors from the senior class: Carlton Bragg, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Malik Newman and Stephen Zimmerman. None of those players ended up committing to Kentucky.
This year, UK commitment Sacha Killeya-Jones was joined by just three seniors on their official visits: De’Aaron Fox, Harry Giles and Malik Monk. UK is widely considered the favorite for Fox, and Giles and Monk had visited Lexington previously in their recruitments.
It’s possible that Alkins — now playing for Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C. — could take an official visit to UK later in his recruitment. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2016.