FROM OKLAHOMA STATE ATHLETICS
STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton announced that Lamont Evans has been retained and will serve as associate head coach for the Cowboy basketball program.
One of the nation’s most respected recruiters, Evans served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for OSU last season, and was in the same role at South Carolina for the previous four seasons helping to rebuild the Gamecocks program with head coach Frank Martin.
“I couldn’t be happier that Lamont Evans is staying a Cowboy,” Boynton said. “Lamont is an unbelievably hard worker. That's key. He's tremendously loyal, smart, knows basketball, and for us it's all about relationships. To have the opportunity, at my first head coaching position, to have someone who I'm so in line with philosophically gives me great comfort and I cannot thank him enough."
Evans was instrumental in helping put together Oklahoma State’s 2017 signing class, which currently includes four-star teammates Zach Dawson and Latravian Glover of South Miami High School, St. John’s transfer big man Yankuba Sima and Souleymane Diakite of Canterbury Academy in Spain.
His skill development work with the Cowboys also helped the team win 20 games and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 28th time in school history.
While at South Carolina, he aided in the signing of Perry “PJ” Dozier, a McDonald’s All-American, as well as top-50 recruit Sindarius Thornwell. In his first season in Colombia, S.C., Evans helped the Gamecocks sign the No. 23 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.com in 2013-14.
Evans’ efforts paid off on the court for South Carolina, as the Gamecocks won 25 games in 2015-16, including a 15-0 start in non-conference play. USC improved their SEC win total by five over the previous season, and their 11 conference wins were the most at the school since 1998.
Evans and Carolina also excelled in the classroom. Mindaugas Kacinas was named CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2016, and the Gamecocks were the only SEC team to win the 2015 NABC Team Academic Excellence Award. USC posted five consecutive semesters with a team GPA of a 3.0 or above, which helped them bring home three NABC Honors Court accolades, as well as have 12 team members named to the SEC Winter Academic and the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Rolls in his tenure.
Prior to his time in Columbia, Evans spent four seasons at Kansas State. He helped the Wildcats compile 96 victories - an average of 24 wins per season - and advanced to the postseason each year, with three trips to the NCAA Tournament. The school also received a bye in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of his four seasons with the program.
Evans assisted with the development of several players during his time at Kansas State, including All-Americans Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen.
The 2008-09 squad posted 22 wins and earned an at-large bid to the Postseason NIT, which set the stage for a record-setting season in 2009-10, when the team posted a school-record 29 wins, en route to the program's first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in over two decades.
The 2010-11 squad also advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after finishing third in the Big 12. During his first season as an assistant at K-State (2011-12), Evans helped guide the Wildcats to a 22-11 overall record, including a fifth-place finish in the Big 12 with a mark of 10-8, en route to the NCAA Tournament for the third-consecutive season.
Evans, a native of Eleuthera, Bahamas, first came to the United States at the age of five, eventually settling in Deerfield Beach, Fla. He was a standout point guard at Hallandale High School in Hallandale, Fla., where he earned second team Florida Class 5A All-State honors as a junior, before collecting first-team accolades during his senior season in 1995-96.
Evans played his first two years of college basketball at Seminole (Fla.) Junior College in Sanford, Fla., and St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Ky., before enrolling at Drake in 1999. After a solid season at Seminole during the 1996-97 campaign, when he averaged 19.0 points and 7.1 assists per game, his outstanding play at St. Catharine's during his sophomore season saw him draw Division I scholarship offers. Averaging 16.2 points and an impressive 10.1 assists per game at St. Catharine's, Evans was named the most valuable player of Region VII.
Evans played two seasons at Drake where he earned All-MVC and All-Newcomer Team accolades. He followed his time with the Bulldogs playing seven years professionally around the world. His stops included the U.S. Basketball League (USBL), playing for the Lakeland (Fla.) Blue Ducks, and internationally with teams in Slovenia, Germany, Finland, Belgium and Venezuela. He led teams in Slovenia and Belgium to championships, while he was named one of the top international point guards during his time in Germany.
Evans earned his bachelor's degree in social science from Kansas State in the spring of 2009. Evans and his wife, Ebony, have a son, Lamont Jr.
The Evans File
Hometown: Eleuthera, Bahamas
Alma Mater: Kansas State, 2009 (B.A. Social Sciences)
Children: Lamont, Jr.
Playing Experience: Seminole JC (96-97), St. Catharine College (97-98), Drake (99-01)
Oklahoma State – Associate Head Coach (2017-Pr)
Oklahoma State - Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator (2016-17)
South Carolina - Assistant Coach (2012-16)
Kansas State - Assistant Coach (2011-12), Graduate Manager (2009-11), Student Assistant (2008-09)