The five-star recruit is ranked as the third-best point guard prospect in the nation and the 24th-best overall prospect.
“Consummate point guard. I think he’s the best in the country, and a lot of other people agree with me. If not, he’s right there. But I’ve seen them all and I know I’m biased but from what I love out of a point guard,” Ford said Thursday when asked about Evans.
“He’s fast as lightning. He knows how to use his speed, changes paces, changes speeds.”
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’s a winner,” said Ford. “He makes everybody around him better. But if you say to him, we need you to go get 30 [points], he’ll go get ‘em. He can shoot it. He’s got the best floater that I’ve seen in a long time. Great character for a point guard. He loves being a leader point guard, [and] embraces what it means to be a point guard.
“He has won at every level he’s been at. We’re excited about him.”
Ford isn’t the only one impressed with his abilities.
“Evans' best attribute is his raw speed. End-to-end he's arguably the fastest player in the 2015 class,” said Evan Daniels, national recruiting analyst for Scout.com. “He plays well in transition, can break down defenders and is a tough, hard-nosed and scrappy defender.
“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,”
Ford says that Evans may remind some Cowboys fans of Byron Eaton, the former OSU point guard from 2005 to 2009.
“He’s not as thick as Byron [Eaton] but they’ve got similar type games. He may shoot a little better than Byron, maybe. Byron was a special point guard. He was good. There are a lot of similarities in how they run a team.
“Anybody who watches him over a period of time will tell you that he’s the best. There are other gurus out there who may have seen him once and another guy three or four times and they like him better, but if you watch him over a period of time he’s a game-changer. He’s that good. He’s really, really special.”
How important was getting Evans’ signature on Wednesday after Ford and his staff thought they had two other top-100 prospects, 6-9 post Elijah Thomas and 6-3 guard Admon Gilder, before they both signed with Texas A&M?
“It was very important. With that said, I’m just falling in love with [current OSU freshman point guard] Tyree Griffin. I’m just falling in love with him,” said Ford. “So now we’ve got two really elite point guards on our basketball team, and you have to have that.
“With what we’ll have coming back as far as the shooters and the development guys, I like the makeup of this team. We’ve got to add or more at least, maybe two, but other than that I really like the make up of this basketball team, especially with how the pieces fit together.”