Evans' UNC Visit Not Yet Scheduled

FT. MYERS, Fla. --- When it comes to Tyreke Evans, one thing is for sure: the 6-4 wing from Aston (Pa.) American Christian isn't afraid of competition.

Neither is his team for that matter. The talented junior and his teammates are at the City of Palms Classic, one of the top showcases of high school talent in the country. And Evans wasted little time showing why he and his teammates were invited.

Playing with the confidence of a much more experienced player, Evans scored at will off the dribble and from deep as he swished home deep jumper after deep jumper. By the time he was done, he'd scored 25 points and dished out four assists during American Christian's 105-68 win Monday night over hometown favorites Ft. Myers (Fla.) High.

"It's a tough schedule this year but we want to prove that we're the best team out there so we're going to a bunch of events," Evans said. "Coach [Tony] Bergeron, he's a good coach; he gets us ready in practice for these types of games so we come out here ready to play."

So far, the only hiccup for Evans has come on a Monday night breakaway. Perhaps misjudging exactly where he took off from, Evans got hung on the rim pretty badly during an open court dunk attempt. Not surprisingly the gaffe was the subject of some teasing from his teammates.

"Yeah, they got me, but I gave myself a hard time," Evans said. "I jumped from far, I guess from too far away and I didn't expect it. Hey, it happens, I just tried to bounce back."

In a gym filled with several of the top players in the country, it was only natural to ask the top five prospect just how important it is to him to be considered one of the top, if not the top, players in his class.

"I don't really worry about any of that," said Evans. "I just want to go out there and make my team better and win games. If you win games it will show who's the best player."

While the scouts and fans discuss rankings, Evans is content to work on his game. A noted scorer, he's pretty sure of where he needs to improve.

"Defense. I've got the offense down pat already," said Evans. "Coach has wanted me to work a lot on my defense and improving there."

Given his lofty status and potential, colleges have been lining up to express interest. For now, Evans is trying to play things low key.

"It's going well," he said of his recruitment. "Schools are coming at me left and right and I just want to make the right decision. Louisville, Villanova, Texas, Carolina, UConn are coming hard. I don't have any favorites yet, I'm just trying to make a good choice."

As for his interest in North Carolina, Evans noted that he's seen Roy Williams at some of his recent games and that he'd like to set up an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill. And he'll be right down the road next week when his team travels to Raleigh, N.C. for the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational.

Some sources close to the situation have indicated that the visit could come near the end of the college hoops season, but when pressed, Evans was a bit cryptic.

"No, my brother and I haven't set that visit yet," he said. "When I do [set the visit], people will know."

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