Evans: 'I Don't Want To Wait My Turn'

Above all else, Tyreke Evans is quite the competitor. That means fighting through injuries so you don't miss that next big AAU matchup, and it also means expecting to be a freshman superstar in college.

Evans showed his toughness and competitiveness Saturday night at the King James Shooting Stars Classic. The 6-5, 185-pounder took a bad fall in the 8 p.m. game, and was rushed to the hospital – but that wasn't going to keep him out of his highly anticipated late night showdown.

"I fell on my back during the game," Evans said. "A guy was shooting and he pump faked. I jumped and he ran under me and I fell on my back."

Surprisingly, Evans showed up back at the gym just before tip off of his 10:40 p.m. game against O.J. Mayo and the D-1 Greyhounds. Evans not only played, but he poured in 24 points and was guarded by the best player in the 2007 class.

"There was a little rivalry," Evans said. "He played a good game and I played a good game. It was a good match up."

All weekend Evans showed off his ability to pull up off the dribble as well as score in bunches. That's nothing new for Evans, as he averaged 25 points a game for Aston (Pa.) American Christian this past season.

Virgina, Memphis, Pittsburgh, UConn, Louisville and North Carolina were all present for his clash with Mayo. Although he's just a sophomore, Evans is hearing from most high majors and he noticed them in the crowd.

"It's going good," he said of his recruitment. "I got basically every college coach looking at me right now. I saw a lot of coaches in the crowd. I think it was a good tournament."

Evans said the schools showing him the most interest are Villanova, Louisville, North Carolina, Connecticut and Syracuse. Although, according to his brother, Reggie Evans, one school might be taking him for granted.

"They think it's a lock with them," Evans' brother said about the North Carolina staff. "And basically it isn't. He's got to go down and look at their stuff. I told him the bottom line is you got to make sure you look at the campus and what surroundings you want to be around because you have to live there for a couple of years."

Evans grew up rooting for North Carolina, and they are obviously still involved. Family ties factor in as well.

"North Carolina is a dream," Reggie Evans said. "Our family is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina."

Reggie Evans, who talks with the majority of the coaches, said he is trying to handle his brother's recruitment differently than most elite players. He is making Tyreke take unofficial, and eventually official, visits before any kind of decision will be made.

"He might say North Carolina now and he might say UConn now or wherever," Tyreke's brother said. "But he has to actually go there and look at their stuff, and now he's starting to get open minded to that. He has to evaluate the players that are in front of him. He's starting understand that concept. It used to be Carolina, Carolina, Carolina and don't get me wrong it's still like that in a sense, but now there is a variety of thinking."

It's obvious that the biggest factor in Evans' recruitment is going to be playing time. Evans wants to be able to start as a freshman and make an immediate impact.

"First, I'm going to look at how the schools are, where I'm playing and who's in front of me," the top-ranked player in the 2008 class said. "I don't want to wait my turn. I want to get right in there and play and be one of the top freshmen in college."

"If Carolina has [players] in front of him that is blocking that, then we are going to look somewhere else," Reggie Evans said. "No reason to sit on the bench and be a waste of talent at a school, when he could be out there producing."

Both Tyreke and Reggie were adamant that while North Carolina is heavily involved, they are still open to other schools and everyone has a shot. For now, most of their attention is on AAU ball and their Nike-sponsored squad, Team Final. Their next big tournament is the Memorial Day Classic, in Nashville, Tenn..

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