Boo: Tyreke Evans Notes + Photos

HAMPTON, Va. -- The top-ranked prospect in the high school class of 2008, Tyreke Evans, commenced AAU play Friday night at the Boo Williams Invitational, but this year he has a new team.

While last year he was the lone headliner, this season he is the main course on a buffet of talent. Team Final jumped on Team Memphis early, 21-2, and never looked back, putting on a defensive rebounding display along with a potently diverse outpouring of offense.

The 6-3 lead guard rang up an efficient 19 points (8-9 FG, 3-3 3pt), seven rebounds, five assists, and one steal on the way to a 70-57 victory as part of a team that has a chance to win the title at this event and every other this spring and summer.

"Who knows how good we can be," said Evans. "We just have to go out and play hard every night with all these athletic guys we have on our team."

The No. 1 ranking carries with it intense scrutiny under the heat of a bright spotlight, but Evans insists that it makes no difference.

"Nah, [there's] no pressure," he said. "I just want to go out here and try to win this tournament. Everybody thinks that because I'm No. 1 that they want to see a lot of scoring. I just want to get the 'W.'"

At the 2005 Gibbons Tournament of Champions, he named North Carolina as one of the early favorites on his list of colleges, but his list has expanded to include Connecticut, Illinois, Virginia, Villanova, among others.

The schools that have come to see him play in person include Louisville, Villanova, and Connecticut. "But I don't let that go to my head. I just have to play my game every night."

North Carolina didn't make the trip to his American Christian school for a game this past season, but Evans' older brother has been in contact with the UNC staff.

"They said they are looking forward to me being a Tar Heel," said the younger Evans.


  • Evans continued to display offensive moves going to the basket and the ability to score from the perimeter that garnered attention last AAU season. He can either easily shake by the defender or step back and hit threes with ease.
  • While he had a few careless turnovers, he also showed that he can find his teammates when there is talent around him. At this point, consider him a "lead guard."
  • Some players have the intangible "It." It's one of those things you can describe in words but you know it when you see it. Evans has "It."

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