Available: Taquan Evans

It appeared as though Taquan Evans was going to spend next year at prep school for a combination of academics and exposure. However, now that his grades are in order, the LaSalle (N.Y.) 6-2 senior floor leader is looking to play college ball next season.

For Taquan Evans, the plan was to take another year at Blair Academy (N.J.) to get his academics in order and receive a little more exposure than he gets at LaSalle Institute in Troy, N.Y.

However, that has all changed now that the 6-2, 165-pound senior floor leader has his grades in check. Now he's looking to play college ball next year and expand on a list that contains Eastern Kentucky, UMass and Rider.

Evans has had the misfortune of playing behind Syracuse-bound junior floor leader Tiki Mayben in the summer while with the Albany City Rocks. That means minutes are somewhat scarce.

``It was a big adjustment for me as far as sitting on the bench behind Tiki," said Evans, who was actually considered the next-big-thing in the area before Mayben burst onto the scene. "But it prepared for me college, because I'm sure I won't be playing the whole game or anything like that as a freshman. I just contributed when I got in the game and did what I could to make the team better."

But Evans is averaging 20.2 points, nine assists and seven boards per game while leading LaSalle to a 9-4 record this season.

``Right now things are kinda slow because I think a lot of colleges think I am going to prep school next year," Evans added.

Evans is knocking down about three trifectas per game at LaSalle and has made significant strides in the past year.

``In terms of improvement from a year ago to right now, Taquan has really come a long way, I haven't seen too many kids make that kind of jump," Albany City Rocks boss Jim Hart said. "His jump shot has gotten a lot better and so has his decision-making. Right now Taquan is better than Lionel Chalmers, a four-year starter at Xavier, was at the same point."

Now he just needs a chance to show it.


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