Arizona Basketball

Rawle Alkins prefers a different nickname than the one Bill Walton gave him

LAS VEGAS — ESPN announcer Bill Walton dubbed Arizona freshman wing Rawle Alkins the “Brooklyn Bomber” during the telecast of the Wildcats’ win over Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game.

“I hope that’s a good thing,” Alkins said.

Alkins wasn’t sure, because nobody else calls him that.

But Alkins does have a lot of respect for Walton, the guy Arizona fans sometimes love to hate behind the microphone.

“I love Bill’s commenting. He always shows me a lot of love, and I appreciate that. Bill’s a great guy,” Alkins said. “Brooklyn Bomber, I don’t know what he means by that, but I’ll ask him.”

Alkins is from Brooklyn and for three years attended Christ the King High School in Queens, which is where former Arizona guard Khalid Reeves played his high school ball. Alkins said he picked up a different nickname on the famous courts of Rucker Park in New York City.

And it’s better than “Brooklyn Bomber.”

“Coming out of New York, they used to call me, ‘King of the City,'” Alkins said. “I love that.”

For more on Alkins talking about Walton, check out the video …

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