Experts' Predicted Draft Position: Lottery pick
Experts' Take: Evans is a natural scorer with an excellent "feel" for the offensive side of the game, can put up big numbers on any given night. He is extremely adept at taking opponents off the dribble and has deceptive speed with the ability to blow by guys and get into the lane. Can create his own shot and is excellent pulling up off the dribble. Has the versatility to play either guard position and the potential to develop into a point guard or combo at the NBA level. In the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Evans showed off some big-time moves driving to the basket -- his ability to change directions and finish is amazing. Combine that with his long arms and NBA body, and Evans has great appeal as an NBA scorer who can get his own shot. On the other hand, the tournament also highlighted Evans' weaknesses. He still struggles with his jump shot and shot selection, plays out of control and sometimes forgets that he has four teammates on the floor. He sometimes has questionable decision making on the court. He can be turnover prone which causes him to have a poor assist/turnover ratio. He is a poor three point shooter and an average free throw shooter.
Player Information: Through February 23rd, following conference victories against SMU and UTEP, Evans was named the Conference USA Rookie of the Week eight times… Was the only freshman finalist for the 2009 U.S. Basketball Writers of America National Player of the year award. He decided to leave for the NBA Draft when John Calipari was named coach of Kentucky… in the 11th game of the season, a 60-45 win over the University of Cincinnati, Evans nearly put up a triple-double, with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
Experts' Opinion and Predicted Draft Position culled and compiled from various NBA Web sites.