Tyreke Evans narrowing focus

Tyreke Evans has a pretty good handle on his recruitment. At this point, the 6-foot-5 star guard from Aston, PA has narrowed his focus to a handful of elite programs and the Louisville Cardinals figure to be a major factor as he moves closer to making his college decision.

Tyreke Evans has a pretty good handle on his recruitment.

At this point, the 6-foot-5 star guard from Aston, PA has narrowed his focus to a handful of elite programs and the Louisville Cardinals figure to be a major factor as he moves closer to making his college decision.

"I'm trying to narrow it down to my top five right now," Evans told InsideTheVille.com Saturday afternoon at the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville, TN. "I'm just waiting for the right school to come at me."

Who else besides the Cardinals dot Evans' impressive list of finalists?

"Louisville, North Carolina, Villanova, Texas and Memphis," Evans said.

The race to land Evans' services could boil down to a two-horse race heading into the summer between a pair of Big East programs – Louisville and Villanova. Asked which schools have done the best job recruiting him, Evans replied, "Nova and Louisville," Evans said. "Louisville has Rick Pitino and he's a good choice and Nova has a lot of guards there. Either choice would be good."

Reggie Evans, Tyreke's older brother and AAU coach,said that his younger brother would make at least two more visits, one presumably an official visit in the fall, before he makes his college choice. Evans made an unofficial visit to Louisville last September.

On Saturday, Evans was on his game. In a narrow loss to the Alabama Lasers to open the tournament Saturday morning, Evans poured in 23 points, grabbed five boards and made three steals. He was even better in an upset win over 6-9 Ed Davis, one of the nation's top five players, and Boo Williams in an afternoon contest. Against Boo Williams, Evans scored 21 points as his team led throughout.

So what makes Louisville such an appealing option for Scout.com's No. 7 ranked prospect? Rick Pitino. Pitino, a former NBA coach, has the pedigree to help Evans develop into a top-flight NBA prospect.

"That's a big factor because he's been doing it for a long time and he can teach you how to play the game. That's one thing that I've never had is a good coach. If I go to Louisville that would be a big reason why."

Evans said he'd probably make his decision before the start of his high school season.


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