Selected by Sacramento as an undergraduate out of Memphis with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft ... Signed a multi-year contract with the Kings (7/8/09).
Winner of the 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year award ... Named 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam MVP at NBA All-Star Weekend in Dallas ... Won back-to-back T-Mobile Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October/November and December 2009, becoming the first player in franchise history to win back-to-back Rookie of the Month honors.
NBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Averaging 18.2 ppg (.441 FG%, .255 3pt%, .762 FT%), 4.9 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.4 spg, and 36.2 mpg in 192 career games (started 186) in three seasons with Sacramento ... Notched first and only career triple-double vs. Toronto (3/10/10), becoming the only rookie in the Sacramento era and second rookie in franchise history to accomplish the feat (other was Cincinnati Royal Norm Van Lier against the San Diego Clippers in 1969) ... Recorded a career-high 35 points (14-29 FG, 1-3 3pt, 6-10 FT), three rebounds, five assists, and three steals in a career-high 48 minutes at Golden State (1/21/11) ... Hit game-winning 50-foot buzzer-beater to give Kings a 100-98 win over Memphis (12/29/10).
2011-12 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged 16.5 ppg (.453 FG%, .202 3pt%, .779 FT%), 4.6 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.33 spg, and 34.3 mpg in 63 games (reserve in 2) ... Missed two games due to a sprained left ankle (3/16, 3/18) ... Missed one game due to back spasms (3/30/12) ... Scored 20 or more points in 23 games, 30 or more in one ... Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in four games ... Dished out 10 or more assists in two games ... Recorded four double-doubles ... Led Kings in minutes played (2,162) and assists (283), was third on team in scoring ... Led Kings in scoring in 16 games, rebounding in three, and assists in 29. Top-Single Game Performances: Recorded season-high 31 points (12-20 FG, 0-1 3pt, 7-7 FT), six rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and one block in 40 minutes at Utah (1/28/12) ... Narrowly missed a triple-double with 22 points (9-22 FG, 1-6 3pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, and one block in 44 minutes at Golden State (1/31/12).
2010-11 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged a team-high 17.8 ppg (.409 FG%, .291 3pt%, .771 FT%), 4.8 rpg, a team-leading 5.6 apg, 1.49 spg, and 37.0 mpg in 57 games (reserve in 4 games) ... As a starter, averaged 18.2 ppg (.408 FG%, .286 3pt%, .766 FT%), 4.9 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.55 spg, and 38.0 mpg in 53 games ... NWT-NBA suspension in one game (10/27/10) ... Missed 20 games due to plantar fasciitis, left foot (12/14/10, 2/15/11-3/23/11) ... Missed four games (1/9/11-1/12, 4/11/11) due to a sprained left ankle ... Led team in scoring in 24 games, rebounding in one, and assists in 31 games ... Ranked 17th (tied) in NBA in minutes per game.
2009-10 REGULAR SEASON:
Named the NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging a team-leading 20.1 ppg (.458 FG%, .255 3pt%, .748 FT%), 5.3 rpg, a team-best 5.8 apg, 1.51 spg, and 37.2 mpg in starting all 72 games in which he played ... Joined LeBron James (2003-04), Michael Jordan (1984-85), and Oscar Robertson (1960-61) as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists per contest in their rookie campaign ... Also among just three players along with James and Kobe Bryant to average 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists ... Only rookie in 2009-10 to lead his club in both scoring and assists ... Finished 16th in the NBA in scoring and steals, 14th in assists, and 18th in minutes played ... Also finished 27th in free throws made (348) and 21st in free throws attempted (465), both tops among rookies ... Ranked first among rookies in scoring and minutes played, fifth in rebounds, second in assists and steals, and fourth in FG% and blocks ... Led the Kings in scoring 37 times, rebounding in 12 games, and assists on 41 occasions ... Missed one game with a sprained right middle finger at Houston (10/21/09), three contests with a sprained right ankle (12/28/09 - 1/1/10), one game with a bruised hip at Denver (2/1/10), and five games with a concussion (3/21/10 - 3/28/10) ... Named 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam MVP at NBA All-Star Weekend in Dallas, recording 26 points (11-15 FG, 0-1 3pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, five assists, and five steals, helping the Rookies to a 140-128 victory and snapping a seven-game sophomore team winning streak (2/12/10) ... Named T-Mobile Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November 2009, accruing averages of 18.8 ppg (.446 FG%, .323 3pt%, .790 FT%), 5.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.33 spg, and 36.1 mpg in 15 contests, guiding Sacramento to an 8-7 mark ... Joined Brian Grant (January 1995) and Lionel Simmons (December 1990) as the only players in Kings history with the accolade ... Repeated as a T-Mobile Rookie of the Month winner for games played in December 2009, becoming the first player in franchise history to win back-to-back Rookie of the Month honors, posting averages of 22.1 ppg (.476 FG%, .172 3pt%, .766 FT%), 5.3 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.62 spg, and 36.1 mpg in 14 contests.
Named the 2008-09 Conference USA Freshman of the Year ... Earned All C-USA First Team honors and was the C-USA Tournament MVP ... Finalist for the Wooden and USBWA National Player of the Year Awards ... Honored as the 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 and CBSSports.com ... Earned C-USA Rookie of the Week accolades nine times, a new league record ... Averaged 17.1 ppg (.455 FG%, .274 3pt%, .711 FT%), 5.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, and 2.08 spg in 37 games (started 35) in lone season at Memphis ... Led the Tigers in scoring and ranked 15th in the conference in rebounding, eighth in assists, and third in steals ... Amassed 632 total points, second-most by a freshman in school history behind Dajuan Wagner's 762 in 2001-02 ... Ranks first among freshmen in Tigers' annals with 77 steals and fourth-best with 143 assists behind Darius Washington Jr's 144 in 2004-05, 174 by Vincent Askew in 1984-85, and 189 by Derrick Rose in 2007-08 ... Tallied 22 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, and two assists in a road victory at Gonzaga (2/7/09) ... Dished a career-high eight assists and matched a career-best with 10 rebounds vs. Cincinnati (12/29/08) ... Led the Tigers to the C-USA Championship with 18 points (7-14 FG, 1-4 3pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three blocked shots in the title game victory over Tulsa (3/14/09) ... Averaged 22.3 ppg (.510 FG%, 2-12 3pt, .833 FT%), 4.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, and 2.33 spg in three NCAA Tournament games ... Posted a season-high 33 points (12-25 FG, 0-3 3pt, 9-9 FT) vs. Missouri in the Sweet Sixteen (3/26/09) ... Finished with 19 points (7-13 FG, 4-5 3pt, 1-5 FT), four rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks in the second round against Maryland (3/21/09).
Named the 2008 Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year by The Associated Press and was a First-Team All-America selection by Parade Magazine after averaging 32.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 4.3 steals in 2007-08 for American Christian School (Aston, PA) ... Scored 50-plus points twice during senior season, amassing more than 3,300 points in high school career ... A consensus top-six recruit in the 2008 class and regarded as the best player by SLAM and DIME magazines ... Also rated third by HoopScoop, ESPN.com, Scout.com, and Hoopmasters.com and sixth by Rivals.com ... Featured in a documentary titled "Gunnin' For That No. 1 Spot," a film chronicling eight of the top high school players in the country during 2006, among them current NBA players Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Michael Beasley (Minnesota), Jerryd Bayless (Portland), and former Kings teammate Donte Greene) ... Named MVP of the 2008 McDonald's All-America Game in Milwaukee (3/26/08), recording 21 points (9-15 FG), 10 rebounds, and four assists to help the East squad to a 107-102 victory over a star-studded Western team (which boasted four future First Round selections in the 2009 NBA Draft, including Jennings, B.J. Mullens (Oklahoma City), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia), and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (Evans' teammates included NBA players AlFarouq-Aminu, now with the Hornets, Grizzlies forward Ed Davis, and Pistons forward Greg Monroe) ... Only the second player ever from Delaware County, Pennsylvania to play in the McDonald's Game (first was Barry Bekkedam in 1986) ... Third player hailing from the Southeastern Pennsylvania region in the last three years to earn an invite (others were recent 2009 NBA First-Round picks Gerald Henderson of the Bobcats and the T-Wolves' Wayne Ellington in 2006) ... Scored 11 points and added eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals to help the USA Junior National Select Team to a 98-78 win over the World Team at the 11th annual Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore. (4/12/08) ... Also played in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game in New York (4/19/08), finishing with 23 points (8-15 FG, 7-9 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals, sharing MVP honors with Jennings.