Tyreke Evans Battling Injury

Not too many people know that Tyreke Evans is still battling an ankle injury suffered more than a month ago at the Nike Skills Academy. That's just the way Scout.com's No. 1 Player in the Class of 2008 wants it, though.

Tyreke Evans wasn't always a basketball player.

``I didn't really like basketball," said the 6-foot-4 ½, 200-pound rising junior. "I was a football player and played quarterback in a league in Chester."

``I was doing well, but my brother came to the sidelines after I scored two touchdowns one game and told me he was taking me off the team," added Evans. "He didn't want me to get hurt."

Evans, who turns 17 in September, has no regrets. In fact, he's appreciative of his brother for sending him down the path to where he's become Scout.com's top-ranked player in the Class of 2008.

Evans hasn't been the same since he injured his ankle at the Nike Skills Academy more than a month ago, but sometimes it's difficult to tell.

He doesn't have the same level of explosiveness that he usually displays, but Evans has still been impressive for much of the time that he's been able to get onto the court in July. He had little difficulty getting to the basket and also making shots from the perimeter this past week at the Peach Jam.

``I hurt it the last day of Skills Academy," Evans said. "I was going to the basket and I came down on someone's foot."

The 6-foot-4 ½, 200-pound Evans re-injured the ankle at home playing pickup when he came down on the ankle on a dunk attempt.

He played a few games at Nike, but sat out much of the camp and let it heal prior to the Peach Jam – when he was dominant nearly every game he played down in Augusta.

``I'm going to take five days off between the Peach Jam and Vegas and try to heal up before the Main Event," Evans said.

Evans said the plan is to return to American Christian (Pa.) despite the fact that his teammate, Nasir Robinson, won't be coming back and will be enrolling back at Chester High (Pa.).

As far as his recruitment is concerned, Evans admits that North Carolina is probably his leader at this time (he also has family in Fayetteville, N.C.) – but he also mentions UConn, Louisville, Villanova and Texas. Both UNC head coach Roy Williams and UConn's Jim Calhoun were mainstays at Evans' games down in Augusta.

``I just want to play for a good coach in a good program," Evans said. "And get a good education."

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