After landing Jalen Jones in 2011 and Keith Frazier in 2013, the SMU coaching staff is now targeting a talented recruit in the Class of 2015 from Dallas Kimball.
At 6-foot and 165 pounds, four-star point guard Jawun Evans is that target. Evans is rated as the No. 5 point guard in his class and holds offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, DePaul, Illinois, Memphis, South Carolina, USC, VCU and more.
Evans, who transferred to Kimball from Legacy Charter in South Carolina before his junior year of high school, said the atmosphere during the SMU vs. Cincinnati game at Moody on Saturday night was unlike anything he has ever seen before.
"I have visited new Moody a couple times," Evans said. "I really like the environment. It's not too big, so it's pushed in together. It gets very loud in here, and I like that a lot. Plus, the team is having a great season."
Evans was interested in SMU before coming to Dallas and has been doing his research on the program. Right now, he says the coaches are the number one reason he is attracted to Hilltop.
"I like the coaching staff. They have a really good staff with Larry Brown and Ulric Maligi," Evans said. "They are really close to me and we have a great relationship. I talk to them every now and then. I would say I probably talk to them once a week."
Evans said academics would also play a major factor in his decision-making process. He hopes to find a school that supports him equally on and off the court.
"I came to Dallas because my mom found a new job, so I kind of look up to her," Evans said. "She wants me to go somewhere I can get a good education and improve as a player. SMU has all those things, and Coach Brown is a legend. It would be hard not to succeed playing for him."
Evans was at the game with a slew of other talented recruits, but says he doesn't like talking about recruiting with them. He has tried to stay focused on what is best for him and let the other players make their own decision.
"We don't really talk about playing together that much," Evans said. "I just like hanging out with them and enjoying the game. I'm taking it slower than them right now and just doing my own thing."
Evans hopes to make a big impact during the AAU circuit before really starting to focus on his recruiting. Now that he's in Dallas, Evans will play his AAU ball with Team Texas Elite, a program that features fellow SMU targets Elijah Thomas, Austin Grandstaff, Matt McQuaid, Tyler Williams and Chris Giles.
At Kimball, Evans is averaging 19.3 points, 10.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. He is a triple double-threat almost every night and has elite speed that makes him a matchup nightmare.
Evans says he will continue to visit schools, but doesn't have any timetable on a decision.
"I don't have any official visits planned, but I'll keep looking around and check out some more games," Evans said. "I don't really like dealing with recruiting that much, so it's really slow with me right now."
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