Former Utah State forward Evans commits to Tennessee

AP Photo/Wade Payne

After dealing with front court depth issues throughout Rick Barnes’ first season in charge at Tennessee, the Volunteers picked up an important commitment Monday afternoon. Lew Evans, a power forward who played at Utah State last season, made his pledge to join Tennessee as a grad student. News of Evans’ commitment was first reported by, and he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the Volunteers.

The 6-foot-8 Evans averaged 8.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season, and his addition gives Tennessee needed size and experience in the post. With Armani Moore graduating, Tennessee will be very young in the front court next season with Evans being joined by freshmen John Fulkerson and Grant Williams, and sophomore Kyle Alexander.

Depth in the post will still be a concern for a team that has the perimeter players needed to go small, but at least with Evans joining the program Tennessee will have an experienced option to call upon.