Five-star Jawun Evans is ready to make his decision. Here is a look at the recruitment, the talent, and some predictions on where he ends up.
This has been an interesting recruitment because Evans moved from South Carolina to Texas before his junior season meaning he had no logical geographical tie to an area. What that did is it opened things up for schools from all parts of the country.
Early on it was Clemson
that first began showing him interest, and other schools such as South Carolina and Cincinnati
also tried to get involved. Illinois
would quickly join the fray making him a priority before schools like Oklahoma State
, Texas, and USC
really ramped up the interest as well.
In the end Evans made official visits to USC, Illinois, and Oklahoma State, and those are the three that were named finalists.
Reality though always had Illinois and Oklahoma State being the two that were battling it out for his commitment. Those were the two schools who did the most work on him late, and those were the two that seemed to have the most interest from Evans throughout the process.
Evans emerged starting after his sophomore year, but he really exploded following his junior season. The No. 1 asset that he brings to the table is speed. There might not be a faster player in the country getting baseline-to-baseline with the basketball than Evans.
Beyond just his speed, Evans is also dynamic as a floor general. While not an elite passer with elite feel, he is above average by a wide margin in both of those categories, and combined with his ability to get in the lane by using his speed, he is tough to handle on the offensive end.
Defensively Evans also has the chance to be very good. Once he gets stronger and learns the intricacies of playing defense at the college level, Evans will be able to use his elite quickness to be a pest on the ball and really bring teams out of what they want to do.
: For the last month it has seemed that Illinois and Oklahoma State were the two clear leaders in this recruitment with the Cowboys holding the edge. Illinois had a tremendous official visit with Evans, but in the end I think Oklahoma State will land his pledge. Travis Ford has a good relationship with people close with Evans, and Stillwater is close to his mother who now resides in Dallas. In the end I am saying the Cowboys land an elite talent. Prediction
: OKLAHOMA STATE