An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft
Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Named to All-Conference USA First Team and was the MVP of the Conference USA Tournament. Named a finalist for the Wooden Award and USBWA National Player of the Year award. Named National Freshman of the Year by ESPN.com, USBWA, CollegeHoops.net, The Sporting News, CBSSports.com and FoxSports.com. Named Third Team All-America by Sports Illustrated. All-America Third Team pick by CBSSports.com and Sports Illustrated. Selected the Conference USA Rookie of the Week a record nine times.
Led the Tigers and ranked seventh in C-USA in scoring (17.1 ppg), to go with 5.4 rebounds (15th in C-USA), 3.9 assists (8th in C-USA) and 2.1 steals (3rd in C-USA). Had 33 double-figure scoring games and 12 with 20 points or more. His 632 points were the second-most by a freshman in school history. His 77 steals also set a school record for a freshman, while his 143 assists were the third-best total for a freshman. In three NCAA Tournament games, averaged 22.3 points, 4.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds. Scored a season-high 33 points against Missouri in the Sweet Sixteen. Finished with 19 points, five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals against Maryland in the NCAA Tournament second round. Tallied 22 points and six rebounds in a road victory against Gonzaga. Had 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals at Georgetown. Had 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Tulane. Tallied 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals in the C-USA championship game victory over Tulsa.
A consensus top-six recruit in the 2008 class. Selected to the 2008 Parade Magazine All-America First Team. Named the 2008 Pennsylvania Player of the Year by The Associated Press. Named MVP of the 2008 McDonald's All-America Game in Milwaukee. Finished McDonald's game with 21 points (9-of-15 shooting), 10 rebounds and four assists to help lead the East squad to a 107-102 victory. Second player in his county's history (Delaware County) to play in the McDonald's Game (first was Barry Bekkedam in 1986). Also played in the 11th annual Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore., and the Jordan Brand All-American Game in New York, N.Y. Had 23 points, seven boards, four assists and three steals in the Jordan Brand Classic. Selected co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic (shared with Brandon Jennings). Scored 11 points and added eight boards, four assists and three steals to help lead the USA Junior National Select Team to a 98-78 win over the World Team at the Nike Hoops Summit. Averaged 32.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 4.3 steals for American Christian in 2007-08. A varsity starter on American Christian's squad since seventh grade. Scored over 3,300 points in his high school career.
Strengths: Natural scorer with a potent combination of strength, quickness, body control and footwork. Excels at getting into the lane and making plays for himself and others. Terrific ball-handler with good vision.
Personal: Son of John and Bonita Evans.