Evans commits on visit; Oleka in town

Second-team All-MAC point guard Shannon Evans, who averaged 15.4 points last season for new Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley, is in Tempe and has committed to join the Sun Devils.

New Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley could go a long way toward filling out his 2015-16 roster this weekend.

Huley's former point guard at Buffalo, second-team All-Mid American Conference selection Shannon Evans, is in Tempe starting Friday for an official visit and has already committed to join the Sun Devils.

Evans, 6-foot-1, averaged 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists and shot 38.2 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore at Buffalo last season, leading the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance, where he had 15 points and two assists in an opening game loss to West Virginia.

Evans will have to sit out this season and then have two seasons of remaining eligibility.

Evans will be joined at ASU this weekend according to a program source by Obinna Oleka, a 6-foot-7, 240 pound forward who sat out last season while attending Cecil Community College in North East, Maryland. Oleka averaged 25.6 points and 13.6 rebounds in five games at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in 2013-14.

Oleka, a Washington, D.C., native who signed with Texas in November of 2013 before being released from the Letter of Intent, would be able to play immediately with two seasons of eligibility.

The Sun Devils are also strongly in contention for Maurice O'Field, a 6-foot-6, 215 pound small forward at Midland Junior College in Midland, Texas, a player who committed to Hurley at Buffalo in March but did not sign a National Letter of Intent. O'Field told SunDevilSource.com he could visit ASU as soon as next week. He averaged 15.8 points and 5.0 rebounds last season.

The Sun Devils have eight returning scholarship players and one current signee, combo guard Andre Spight, a 6-foot-2 standout who averaged 15 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists at South Plains Community College in Levelland, Texas. That gives ASU nine players slotted for its 2015-16 roster and four remaining spots to fill.

Earlier this week ASU released 6-foot-6 forward Sai Tummala and 6-foot-8 forward Connor MacDougall from their scholarships. Tummala is expected to graduate this summer and transfer with the ability to play elsewhere immediately for his remaining year of eligibility. MacDougall is likely to attend South Mountain Community College as a sophomore before transferring back to the Division I level. Neither player saw much action last season.

Hurley also released 2015 signee Dominic Green, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Hazen High School in Renton, Washington, from his Letter of Intent.


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