SLU Gets First Commitment For 2010-11

The Saint Louis University basketball program picked up its first verbal commitment for the 2010-11 season on Wednesday when one of the top uncommitted prospects from Illinois decided he wanted to be a Billiken.

"I just committed a couple hours ago," Dwayne Evans said on Wednesday.

Evans is a 6-foot-6, 205-pound small forward from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., who had scholarship offers and interest from a variety of schools throughout the Midwest.

He was scheduled to make an official visit to Saint Louis early next month, but after an in-home visit with Billikens coach Rick Majerus on Tuesday night he had a good idea of where he wanted to be next year.

"I was going to come down Oct. 1st or the 3rd," Evans said. "After yesterday's in-home visit, everything I wanted in a school and a conference and a coaching staff was there at Saint Louis. I couldn't pass it up."

Evans has made a few unofficial visits to SLU over the years. His sister, Janice, is a senior forward at nearby Division III powerhouse Washington University.

"She says she really likes it" in St. Louis, Evans said. "That definitely makes me more interested."

Evans picked the Billikens over scholarship offers from Toledo, Drake, Kent State, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and interest from Northwestern, Illinois State and others. He was scheduled to make an official visit to Northwestern this weekend, but said he will not make that trip.

In Saint Louis, Evans finds a team that is on the way up under Majerus. The Billikens figure to be one of the youngest — if not the youngest — teams in Division I basketball this winter and Evans fills a need as an athletic small forward.

"The team is really young and they are getting better," Evans said. "Coach Majerus is a historic coach. Watching the team play and watching film, they are more of an up and down team and playing in transition. I think I'd fit in there as a three."

As soon as Evans decided he wanted to be a Billiken, he started trying to convince one of his friends — who has also drawn a lot of recruiting attention from SLU — to follow him south to St. Louis.

"I've been talking to Mike McCall out of Foreman in the city and trying to get him to come with me," Evans said.

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