A member of the Class 2A all-state first team as a senior, the 6-foot Evans plans to sign his scholarship papers on Tuesday. He decided to join the Cajuns after also being recruited by Louisiana Tech, Georgia State, Southern Miss and Murray State.
“It’s a pretty exciting time for me,” Evans told the Cajun Redzone. “I was getting a bit worried because I wasn’t sure where I was going to go, but making this decision and knowing where I’m going to school for the next four years takes a big weight off my shoulders.”
Evans — whose dad, North Caddo co-head girls basketball coach Rickey Evans, played for Cajuns assistant coach Kevin Johnson at Centenary — visited the Louisiana campus a few weeks ago. He was impressed with what he saw.
“I liked the campus and really liked the players and coaches,” he said. “I could see myself fitting in with those players, helping the team and keeping things going after they leave. The coaches were pretty cool. Most coaches tell you whatever just to get you to come to their school, but they were honest with me about everything. I also like the way they play. They play a fast game and I really like that.”
This past season Evans averaged 26 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals per game as North Caddo (26-4) advanced to the Class 2A state semifinals before falling to eventual champion Riverside Academy. Evans made the Class 2A all-state first team and Shreveport Times All-City first team despite missing five weeks after breaking his left (non-shooting) wrist on Christmas day.
“My brother got a four-wheeler for Christmas and I was on it and broke my wrist after hitting a tree,” Evans said. “The doctor told me I would miss up to six weeks, but I came back a game earlier than expected with three games left in district. In my first game back I had only 13 points, but I had 37 in the next game and was fine after that.”
Evans described himself as a combo guard capable of scoring, hitting perimeter shots and making plays for others. He also made the Class 2A all-academic team as a senior.
“I think I’m a point guard, but I can play both positions,” he said. “At the point I can score and make plays for my teammates, but if you want to put me at the two I can shoot it, too.”
According to Evans, the Cajuns coaches also like his intangibles.
“They came to a couple of my games this season,” Evans said. “They said they liked how I led my team, kept the team under control and put the team on my back when I had to and was a great leader.”
Evans started out his high school career at Calvary Baptist Academy before transferring to Huntington, where he played as a junior. He earned all-district honors at both schools. As a junior at Huntington he made the Shreveport Times All-City second team.
By virtue of an administrative transfer, Evans joined his dad at North Caddo this past season to play his senior year.
“My dad coaches the girls at North Caddo, so when I was at Huntington he wasn’t able to make it to a lot of my games,” Evans said. “I went to North Caddo to be with him and he was able to watch all my games this past season. I liked it a lot because it was my last season and he got to see me play and we got to do a lot of workouts together.”
Evans is excited to join a program that produced Elfrid Payton, who was a lightly recruited guard from John Ehret High before becoming a star with the Cajuns and NBA lottery pick last summer.
“He was kind of in the same situation I am in now,” Evans said. “He was about 6-foot, not that big and not recruited by a lot of schools and now he’s in the NBA. I’m looking at the bright side and hoping to follow in his footsteps and do some of the same things he did.”
Before that happens, Evans knows there’s a lot of work to do as he prepares for the move to Division I basketball.
“I’m going to come in and put in the work,” Evans said. “I think I can come off the bench next season and play good minutes. I just want to help the team when I’m out there. I know playing time is not going to be handed to me, so I’m going to have to go out there and earn it from the first day I’m on campus.”
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