Evans is the third-best point guard in the Class of 2015 and the 24th-best overall prospect, according to Scout.com’s rankings.
He becomes the second high profile point guard to sign with head coach Travis Ford in the past four years. Marcus Smart was the second-best point guard and ranked as the 13th-best overall recruit in the Class of 2012 when he signed with the Cowboys. Smart spent two seasons at OSU before being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
Evans had narrowed his choices to OSU and Illinois, after visiting OSU, Illinois and USC. He visited Oklahoma State last Thursday and Friday, attending the Cowboys nationally televised football game against Texas Tech on Thursday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“Picking up a player of this caliber is a big deal for Travis Ford. He fits perfectly with how Ford likes to use his guards and Evans should be very effective in his system,” said Evan Daniels, national recruiting analyst for Scout.com.
“Evans' best attribute is his raw speed. End-to-end he's arguably the fastest player in the 2015 class. He plays well in transition, can break down defenders and is a tough, hard-nosed and scrappy defender.”
Evans led Kimball to the Texas Class 4A championship as a junior, averaging 22.4 points, 8.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. A transfer from South Carolina, he was Kimball’s leading scorer in each of its final three postseason games, including scoring 23 points against Beaumont Central in the semifinals and finishing with 16 points in the state championship game against Amarillo.
He becomes the second commit in the Cowboys' recruiting class, joining 6-7, 220-pound Igor Ibaka, the younger brother of Oklahoma City Thunder player Serge Ibaka. Igor Ibaka played last season as a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior college but because he's 24 years old will sit out this season before enrolling at OSU in 2015.