Utah Jazz Selects Jeremy Evans with 55th Pick in 2010 NBA Draft

Utah Jazz Selects Jeremy Evans with 55th Pick in 2010 NBA Draft

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SALT LAKE CITY (June 24, 2010) – The Utah Jazz selected Jeremy Evans out of Western Kentucky with the 55th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.

In the 2009-10 season, Evans, a 6-9, 196-pound forward, appeared in 34 games (all starts) for the Hilltoppers, averaging 10.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He led the Sun Belt Conference in field goal percentage (64.9) his senior season and leaves Western Kentucky as the school’s all-time field goal percentage leader at .693. He also finished his four-year WKU career as the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots (224).

The 22-year-old became just the second player in WKU history with 1,000 points, 750 rebounds and 200 blocks and was honored with the Danny Rumph Outstanding Teammate Award. As a sophomore, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, following his averages of 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the floor.

Evans concluded his four-year collegiate career having played a total of 134 games, averaging 7.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, while shooting .639 from the field and .364 from three-point range. He majored in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in art at Western Kentucky.

The Crossett, Ark., native is the first-ever Utah Jazz draft selection from Western Kentucky and the 43rd NBA player ever drafted out of WKU. The most recent player taken from WKU was New Jersey’s Courtney Lee, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Evans and Lee are the only WKU players selected in the NBA Draft since 1996.