The Red Raiders are getting many good things in point guard Keenan Evans of Richardson, Texas.
To begin with, they are getting an individual with a good head on his shoulders and solid character. All of Evans' comments suggest that he is thoughtful and has his priorities in order, chief among them taking care of business in the classroom. Like virtually every player Tubby Smith recruits, you won't have to worry about him shaming the university for which he plays.
As to his game, Evans has plenty.
The first thing that stands out is that he plays bigger than he is. Tech lists Evans at 6-foot-3 and 175, which is rangy and a bit on the tall side for a major college point guard. And that good length is augmented by very long arms. If you didn't know any better, you might think Evans was 6-foot-5 or even 6-foot-6 when watching him play.
At the next level, his long arms will make him a dangerous prowler in the passing lanes—Tubby likes that in a player—and ensure that he steals a few rebounds that you would not ordinarily get from a point guard. And indeed, Evans did average six rebounds per game as a high school senior.
Evans also appears to have the necessary quickness to play the point at the Big 12 level. He wastes little time exploding to the hoop and shows the ability to finish when he gets there.
Evans also has blow-by ability in the open court. He is more than capable of putting a toe on the wood at full speed, redirecting and jetting past defenders for a hoop or a dish.
Word is that Evans could stand to work on his jumper, but his mechanics look good. He has a high-arcing shot and is capable of using the jab step to create separation, and then make good on the shot.
His overall scoring game is well rounded. As noted above, he has the quickness to get to the tin and knows what to do when he gets there, is explosive in the open court, and seems to have a nice jumper. Evans also has a good mid-range game and can score after contact.
Evans' floor game is a bit of a mystery, although his six assists per game is a solid number, and he describes himself as having good court vision and as unselfish, both necessary traits for point guards. His quickness, too, bodes well for his future at the one.
On the whole, it looks like Tech has got a player who is capable of being a solid backup as a freshman, and then developing into a very good point guard indeed over the course of his collegiate career.
Talent Analysis: Keenan Evans
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