Evans Looking for Right Fit

The Illinois staff is stepping up it's effort for 2015 point Juwun Evans.

It's no secret John Groce is still on the recruiting hunt for a top-flight point guard in the 2015 class.

Jawun Evans could be that guy.

The 6-foot, 165-pound Dallas, Texas standout has schools like SMU, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati and Baylor high on his list.

The Illini, he says, have as good a shot as any other, too.

"I like the coaching staff because Coach Groce lets his guards do what they're good at," Evans said. "Pushing the ball, ball screens — that's what I am really used to."

The former South Carolina was torn watching Illinois play Clemson in the NIT on Sunday. Evans has visited Clemson and is still considering the Tigers and South Carolina.

His move to Dallas provided the confidence that he could go anywhere to play ball at the college level.

"No, it's not a big thing for me staying home," he said. "I just want to be comfortable.

"I just want to see how players develop at each school and how their players have gone from the past years from being there."

The chance for playing time as a freshman and a clear path to a degree are high on his list of priorities. Other than that, he's pretty much wide open in narrowing down his list of choices and zeroing in on a decision.

"The hardest part is trying to keep up with answering the phones for everybody, it's hard with AAU going on and stuff like that," he said.

Evans admittedly is shy with people not in his immediate circle. He says he spends his time talking on the phone with close friends, playing video games and listening to music. Pretty standard for a junior in high school. He loves LeBron James and takes pride in his shoe collection.

"I really like Jordans," he said. "I have about 10 pairs. I don't really get the new ones, because I don't like the numbers on them."

Evans has a close relationship with fellow 2015 recruit from the Lone Star State, big man Elijah Thomas. The two both say playing together in college would be ideal and there are schools, Illinois among them, recruiting both. Any scenario playing out with Thomas in the picture suits Evans just fine. But his family and coaches have given him sound advice on the subject. Any package deal has to be a good fit for each individual, as if the package wasn't in place.

His support system has his ear and best interests in mind, according to Evans.

They tell him to, "choose a school that you like, don't choose a school that everybody else is telling you to go to," Evans said.

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