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.