ISU Fills Need with Spring Commit

Iowa State's first commitment for the spring signing class should fill a huge void in the team's offense, and the East Coast prep schooler says that was a huge reason for his giving a weekend commitment.

South Kent (Conn.) power forward Mike Evanovich gave head coach Wayne Morgan a verbal commitment Saturday during an official visit to Ames.

While he was excited to watch the Cyclones beat nationally-ranked Oklahoma, he also saw where his services could be needed next season.

"This was my first official visit and everything felt right," said Evanovich. "This is a good program in a great conference.

"They said they couldn't promise any playing time, but said the opportunity is there for me to get playing time as a freshman. They need a shooter and I can do that."

Evanovich's prep school numbers could be deceiving. He's averaging just over five points per game, but is playing behind a player that's making himself eligible for a draft. On a team full of talented athletes and players, Evanovich has found a role.

He's impressed enough this season to garner recruiting looks from South Florida, Indiana, Rice, St. Louis, Marshall, and Wagner.

ISU first came to Evanovich's prep school this fall.

"Coach Sharp came out and watched me practice in September and they liked how I play," Evanovich said. "Over the last two weeks they said they needed a shooter."

Evanovich says he is a versatile four-man that can stretch a defense.

"I'm a face-up four-man and can go inside when there's a mismatch or shoot it when I have the outside shot."

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