High School: Kimball (TX)
AAU Team: Team Texas Elite/SC Raptors
National Overall Rank: No. 24
Position Rank: No. 3
State Rank: No. 1 in Texas
Star Rating: Five-Star
Announcement Time: 10:00 AM CST on Wednesday, October 1
The 6’0” point guard, originally from South Carolina, is a perfect fit for what the Illini look for in their floor generals. Evans is a quick-twitch guard that excels by using his superior speed. In transition he is spectacular with the rock in his hands going end to end. His acceleration is one of the nation’s best (or as Drake says, he goes 0 to 100, real quick).
In the half court he does a nice job of changing gears with a plus handle and keeping the defense off balance. He gets easy penetration in the lane on a consistent basis juking in and out of defenders in the paint.
Evans also shines working around ball screens. He knows how to read them and react accordingly. When he comes off the screen to attack the basket he hits another gear and is at the rim where he finishes well.
The lead guard has a high basketball IQ and has really evolved in making sound decisions as a distributor. He can create shots for others including finding his shooters in the right spot to make them successful as well as feeding his post players.
His jump shot is still a work in progress. It is a bit streaky at this stage. When we have seen him, he is usually in rhythm when coming off a ball screen for a mid-range shot, but is at his best when driving to the hoop off and making plays around the rim. Evans is a plus rebounder for his size and position.
Defensively he is not afraid to get up into his man and pressure the ball causing turnovers with his active hands and quick lateral movement. Evans has made great strides over the last two years and deserves to be mentioned among the elite guards nationally.
Over the last few months this has been a battle between Illinois and Oklahoma State. Coach Groce and his staff have done a tremendous job putting themselves in position for the explosive guard. Oklahoma State received the last official visit and the momentum seems to be on their side as we approach the decision.
The dry spell continues for Illinois as they come up just short of landing a floor general for the second time this class and fourth time in three years. Despite the opportunity to step into a likely starting role as a true freshman, Evans will stay closer to home and play for the Cowboys and head coach Travis Ford, whose controversially-big contract might just ensure that he is there the entire duration of Evans' college career. Illinois was at or near the top for much of this recruitment, but Oklahoma State seems to have brought more to the table near the end and went all out for the Texas native.