Prep School Pipeline

Since Wayne Morgan took over the ISU men's basketball program he's established a recruiting pipeline to the East Coast prep schools; this season the trend continued with the addition of Mike Evanovich.


Evanovich played on one of the best prep school teams in the nation at South Kent (Conn.), he chose a year of prep school to hone his skills.


"It was a good year," Evanovich said. "I got to get older and stronger. Everything about my game got better, so it got me more ready to play at a higher level."


At South Kent, Evanovich was a teammate of Audray Blatche, who was drafted by the Washington Wizards with the 49th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Evanovich said playing with Blatche was both beneficial and detrimental to his game.


"It helpd that I got to play against him every day," Evanovich said. "So it definitely made me a better player, but it hurt because I was behind him and he was scoring 30 points a game. My playing time and my numbers were down, but it didn't bother me any."


Evanovich still managed to average 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He said shooting is his forte.


"I think that's what got me the most looks from my prep school, along with my size," he said.


At 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, Evanovich said he's trying to get a little stronger to prepare for the rigors of the Big 12.


"Whatever Coach wants me to do I'll do," Evanovich said. "He wants me to get stronger, so I'm in the weight room and I'm doing that. If the shot is there they definitely want me to take it."


Evanovich chose Iowa State over American, Lehigh, New Hampshire, Furman, Wagner, Rice, and South Florida.


"Iowa State just felt like it was best fit at the time of my visit," he said. "I came here and everything felt right and I felt like I could be comfortable."


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