Evans: 'Where I Want To Go Is UNC'

INDIANAPOLIS --- The first day at Nike All-American Camp was mostly uneventful as a majority of Nike's star players hadn't arrived. However, Tyreke Evans, regarded as the best player in the rising junior class, was on display.

The 6-foot-5 phenom is no stranger to attention. Despite still being more than two years from reaching a college campus, the national spotlight on him as grown over the past year. Just last month he was on the cover of Dime Magazine. The four Dime covers that preceded him? Jermaine O'Neal, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.

So all eyes were on Evans as he took the court Thursday, playing through an injury that has yet to heal.

"I think I played pretty well," he said Thursday night. "At least better than the first game I played. I came from the Skills Academy where I sprained my ankle so I'm really not supposed to be playing right now. Right now it feels pretty good, though."

During Evans' first session of games, he struggled to get into the flow of the game. His camp team has 11 players, with frequent and inconsistent substitutions. But Evans bounced back in the second session as he knocked down a handful of threes and used his size and arm length to create havoc on defense.

While he had trouble scoring at times on the first day of camp, he showed that he can affect games in other ways. And it's that well-rounded game and playmaking ability that has college coaches so intrigued by him. Among the schools Evans said are showing the most interest are Villanova, North Carolina, Texas, Louisville, Miami, Virginia, Memphis and Illinois.

"Probably coming up this year I'll probably start narrowing it to a top five or top six," Evans said. "Hopefully I can take time out and make my decision as I go to these visits."

North Carolina has always been firmly in the mix from Evans' standpoint, but it's been tough to gauge the Tar Heels interest on the American Christian product. Evans' brother, Reggie, said that Carolina has indeed been in frequent contact with the class of 2008 superstar, but declined to go into specifics.

"Yeah, I've gotten a lot of phone calls and stuff like that [from UNC]," Reggie Evans said.

Evans has stated since the beginning of his recruitment that he really likes North Carolina and he said Thursday that they continue to be his top choice.

"Carolina is my home[state] and I've got family that lives there -- they are always at the top," he said. "They're my top school right now, but everyone sees that North Carolina is my top school, so I just tell them I'm open right now. Basically where I want to go is North Carolina."

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