Evans Makes His Way To ACC

Jontel Evans made his bones with Boo Williams this spring. Now, as of Friday, he's a member of an Atlantic Coast Conference recruiting class.

Last week, Jontel Evans won the Peach Jam. A few days later, the Virginia Cavaliers won a point guard prize. Bethel High School has produced some top-notch point guard talent. From Tony Rutland to Allen Iverson, the school cranks them out and Evans is next in line.

The 5-foot-11 Evans, ranked the 22nd point guard in the nation by Scout.com, had a tough decision. Marquette and VCU wanted him. At first, he wasn't sure about the Cavaliers but a visit to campus changed his mind.

"I had some thinking to do," Evans said. "I went up there for elite camp. Then I went on my unofficial visit and that's when it all changed when I saw the campus and the new arena. I met the coaches and the players and afterwards I told my mom and dad that I wanted to be a Cavalier when we got in the car."

Evans is a tough customer. He played a key role in Boo's championship last April and continued to distinguish himself with his hard play through the summer. A career football player, Evans brings a rugged attitude to the position. The Cavaliers told him there were elements of Sean Singletary's game in his.

"(Football) really helped me a whole lot. First, it's helped with my quickness and my strength. I've always been a leader, that was before I played sports.

"They thought that I had characteristics of Sean Singletary and that's an honor. They think I can bring toughness, quickness and the ability to play hard to the program."

Don't be surprised if Evans winds up being a big success story in Charlottesville.


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