Evans brings something new to Oklahoma St
Some coaches show an aversion to bringing in smaller guards. Travis Ford however is not one of those coaches. Time after time he has recruited smaller guards with no real worry. In that respect Jawun Evans is no different, but his game is a change from what those guards brought Oklahoma State in the past. Players like Stevie Clark and Phil Forte were both brought in by Travis Ford to score the basketball. While neither was physically imposing, and both lacked ideal height to be a shooter, each of them could absolutely light up the scoreboard, and Ford saw that as a must in his offense.
In his time at Kentucky, Ford was someone who shot the basketball at an elite level. For his career the 5-foot-9 Ford hit on 44.5 percent of his attempts from distance. Because of that Ford has always seemed to have a soft spot for smaller guards who can shoot.
Now Ford has another small guard in Evans, but Evans is different than guys like Forte and Clark. In fact, Evans couldn’t be more different as a player. Evans is a pass first point guard with elite speed who struggles to shoot the ball.
That of course is a change for Ford who has always prioritized the ability to shoot with his guards. Sure Marcus Smart wasn’t an elite shooter by any stretch, but at a similar stage he was a better shooter than Evans, and also had the versatility to play virtually anywhere on the basketball court.
Now Ford has a player in Evans who can come in, break defenses down, and find open shooters once he gets into the lane. He is the type of player that Oklahoma State hasn’t really had in the recent past, and it will give the Cowboys a new look.
Oklahoma State will have junior college guard Jeff Newberry back for his senior season when Evans gets to campus, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see Evans start as a freshman. He is that good, and provides a different look than virtually the rest of the roster.
Anytime you add a five-star talent it is big, but for a coach who has come under some fire like Ford, it is even bigger. Also the point guard position is the most valuable and toughest position to find in recruiting, so this is a huge win for the Cowboys, now the fans will just have to get used to seeing something a little different at the guard position.
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