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Morning Rumble: Rawle Alkins will attend Word of God Academy, Johnnies to visit with Ponds

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Today in the Morning Rumble, Rawle Alkins is headed to North Carolina for high school, the Johnnies remain active in recruiting and LSU is ready to meet De'Aaron Fox.

Rawle Alkins is one of the top St. John's targets in the class of 2016 but on Tuesday, the physical small forward from Brooklyn chose his next stop for high school. Alkins will attend Word of God Academy in Raleigh, NC (John Wall and C.J. Leslie also attended the school) for his final year before heading to college.

Alkins started his career at Christ The King in Queens, NY, helping them win three straight New York Catholic league titles, but he was unable to finish his four years because he played varsity basketball in Florida as an eight-grader.

In house visits begin on Wednesday with Chris Mullin and his staff getting right to work. The Johnnies will see Shamorie Ponds, along with Ed Cooley (Providence) and Doug McDermott (Creighton), before visiting with top JUCO recruit Bashir Ahmed on Thursday.

LSU reeled in top talent Ben Simmons this year and they have their eyes on another big time prize in 2016 as Johnny Jones' and his staff will meet with De'Aaron Fox on Wednesday.

Fox is a five-star recruit that is ranked number seven on ESPN's top 100 list for 2016. The Katy, TX native has offers from all the high-major programs, including Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville and North Carolina, so the Tigers will have stiff competition.

Are you already pumped up for the start of college basketball in November? Sports Illustrated put together a piece mapping out 64 reasons why we should all be excited for the season.

There is nothing better than winning a championship in sports. The honor of visiting the White House makes the achievement that much better and the Duke Blue Devils were the latest team to visit Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Duke defeated Wisconsin in the National Title game after Jahlil Okafor, Justice Winslow and Tyus Jones dominated the bracket.

Xavier Johnson was projected to be one of the top performers and leaders for the Colorado Buffaloes this season but during the offseason the forward tore his Achilles. Tad Boyle addressed the reports that Johnson would be finished for the regular season and there is still hope that he will return some time during Pac-12 conference play.

Johnson averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season as a 6'7" junior and is projected to play alongside Josh Scott in the frontcourt when healthy.