POST-DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Philadelphia 76ers
About Jawun Evans
Evans’ freshman season was promising but tumultuous. He averaged 14.1 points and was chosen the Big 12’s Freshman of the Year, but a shoulder injury sidelined him for the final six weeks. And his team finished 12-20, leading to the ouster of former coach Travis Ford. Evans might have considered transferring after the coach who recruited him was let go, but he gave replacement Brad Underwood the opportunity to pitch himself and his offensive system. Evans liked what he heard, liked that Underwood had led Stephen F. Austin to the NCAA tournament in his only three years at the school, and decided to give the new coach a chance. The results were as good as Evans might have hoped: Running the new system to perfection, he helped lead the Cowboys back to the NCAA tournament. Their loss to Michigan in the first round didn’t dampen the progress that had been made, but when Underwood abruptly bolted for the Illinois job, Evans decided his time to declare for the Draft had come.
- Excellent passer
- Excels at getting into the paint
- Experience running pick-and-roll offense
- Can score in the midrange
- Gets to the free-throw line often and converts at a high rate
- Willing defender
- Makes 3s
- One of the smaller point guards in the Draft
- Needs to convert more consistently at the rim
- Not an explosive athlete
NBA projection: Evans is generally considered a late first-round pick.
Evans was a first-team All-Big 12 pick by the league’s coaches and the Associated Press and was chosen third-team All-America by The Sporting News after leading the league in assists and finishing second in scoring. He helped lead the Cowboys to the NCAA tournament after they had finished 12-20 the year before.
Key statistics: 19.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.4 apg, 2.8 tpg, 1.8 spg, 29.2 mpg, .482 FG, .379 3PT, .812 FT
Career Highlights: An AP All-America Honorable Mention as an OSU sophomore. First-Team All-Big 12 by both the media and coaches. As a freshman, his 18 field goals made vs. Oklahoma in a 42-point effort were a national NCAA D-I season-high. Won a gold with USA Basketball at the FIBA U19 World Championships, averaging 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. A McDonald’s and Parade All-American as a high school senior.
Cool statistic: Evans was at the controls of the nation’s most efficient offense, per Kenpom.com (126.0).
Reminds me of: Kyle Lowry
What Insiders Say
Former Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood
"Defensively, he's learning to anticipate. He's learning to understand what we do. He's so strong. … He's going to have to do that, because we have very good guards in [the Big 12]. Bothering people is very important. Everything starts with him with the ball, and everything starts with him on the defensive end.”
What Outsiders Say
Michigan coach John Beilein
“What he's done with assist numbers, his lack of turnovers is incredible and his speed of the game. I compare him a lot to a kid that gave us fits. Nate Mason from Minnesota is a really eye-level point guard that can shoot it in. [But] that's not all [Evans] does. He's getting the ball in the basket, and he's got a great assist/turnover ratio. This young man is special.”
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