McDonald’s: Evans cherishes setup role

CHICAGO — Albeit one of the smallest players at this week’s McDonald’s game, Jawun Evans has improved over the course of several days against the nation’s best seniors.

When Jawun Evans committed to Oklahoma State last fall, the Cowboys understandably were elated to land one of the purest floor generals in the senior class. Evans is a speedster who burst onto the scene last summer and never looked back, specializing in his role as a playmaker.

Evans has played true to form this week. While not a big scorer or one of the most illustrious names in attendance, he has competed unselfishly and performed very well during Tuesday’s scrimmage. The more open the game, the more likely he will be able to showcase his speed and make plays in transition.

Evans didn’t press in an attempt to wow the NBA scouts in attendance, he simply stuck to what he knows best.

”I’ve had a great time here, just getting my teammates involved and trying to pick up the tempo,” Evan said. “It’s great being with the best high school players in the nation.”

Of course, he faced some tumult this week when reports surfaced that OSU was considering a buyout of Travis Ford’s contract, but he shrugged his shoulders whenever asked about it and handled the situation with aplomb.

For now, he knows he need to focus on the information at his disposal and how best to maximize his talents in the Big 12.

”I’ll slot in as a pure playmaker,” Evans said. “I’ll get guys open shots and will be trying to get everyone hyped on the defensive end. OSU is one big family and I can’t wait.”

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