The state of Mississippi enjoys significant momentum within the grassroots universe. Not only does nationally elite senior Malik Newman reside within the Magnolia State, a plethora of other high-majors also call Mississippi home.
Although he has relocated to Winston-Salem (N.C.) Elite Prep, Malcolm Evans is a Magnolia native and is representing the Deep South for a loaded prep team to the north this season.
Evans was among the top two or three frontcourt prospects at the Phenom 150, showcasing impressive athleticism and developing skill to complement his 6-8, 180-pound frame. Though very thin, Evans is effective thanks to his size, quickness and hand-eye coordination.
At that weight you wouldn't expect Evans to excel with his back to the basket, and he doesn't. But he's able to make good things happen when facing the rim, utilizing a very quick first step to blow past his defender. He can go to his natural right hand or, more impressively, to his left. He also finishes with either hand and should continue to improve at close range as he fills out physically.
He didn't shoot particularly well when I observed him this weekend, but his form looks fine and he didn't fall into the trap of firing up too many attempts.
Already, some major conference programs have taken notice.
Evans competed with MBA Hoops this past spring and summer. He originally was a 2015 prospect but reclassed to 2016 in order to focus on his body and skill development. He said he has visited Starkville unofficially but will focus on his high school season in North Carolina for the next few months, getting more intent on his recruitment later in the process.
He added that he views himself as a stretch four in the long-term, and to that end he already displays promise as an outside/inside performer.