Hawks Land 2011 Guard

2011 Jeffersonville (IN) shooting guard Evan Maschmeyer was mulling about several options for the coming school year. At the top of the list was spending the year at a prep school in hopes of generating more college interest. That all changed when Saint Joseph's came along with an offer.

Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with Evan Maschmeyer this evening and learned more about his game and his college decision.

Recruited by the Hawks as a combo guard, Evan sized himself up at "6'4 in shoes and right around 205 pounds."

Offensively, Evan said that his strength lies in his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. "I'm a good shooter, especially off the catch. I've been really working on my pull-up game as well. In high school, I could drive past a lot of guys, but I know in college everyone will be bigger and faster. "

Evan went on to talk about the defensive side of the ball. "My strength is in containing the ball and keeping it out of the paint." He was honest in assessing his area for improvement defensively, saying, "I am not great at pressing full-court and pressuring the ball."

During his senior year, Evan had to overcome some adversity, and he talked with Hawk Hill Hardwood about that. "Two days before our first game, I went up in the air and landed on one of my teammates' feet. I sprained my ankle and had to go in a boot. " Evan sat for Jeffersonville's first two games and watched his team lose both. After watching both losses, Evan rushed himself back from injury, but understandably lost some of his quickness. It wasn't until the final couple games of the year that Evan felt completely healthy again.

As a result of his injury, some of the schools that were in hot pursuit cooled a bit during the season. In fact, it wasn't until the end of the school year that Saint Joseph's got involved with Evan. When asked how Saint Joseph's heard about Evan, he said, "Coach Stevens (Brad Stevens at Butler) and Coach Donahue (Steve Donahue at Boston College) mentioned me to Coach Martelli when they heard that he was looking for a senior guard."

In the beginning of August, Evan had the opportunity to visit Hawk Hill, and was impressed by the school, the facilities, the campus, and the coaching staff. "It has a great business school and since it's right near a big city, there are lots of internship and job opportunities," Evan explained. "I loved how it is not directly in the city, but it's close and easy to get downtown."

Evan was also impressed by head coach Phil Martelli's honesty and candor when discussing his role with the team. "Coach Martelli told me that I would have to earn playing time. Nothing was promised. I just need to come in and compete. I liked his honesty."

In terms of his role on this year's team, Evan said, "Coach Martelli told me that I would be a combo guard." Prior to Evan's signing, the Hawks only had three guards on the roster. With the addition of Evan, there is more depth and stability in the backcourt.

With the 2011-2012 school year only days away, Evan Maschmeyer is in the process of getting himself ready for his move to Saint Joseph's. Once there, he hopes to make a positive impact both on the court and off.

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