Cincinnati junior Jacob Evans will keep his name in the 2018 NBA Draft by signing with an agent.
The 6-foot-6 Evans told Yahoo’s Shams Charania on Saturday that he’ll be turning professional on the eve of an important week at the NBA’s draft combine in Chicago. Evans is one of the players scheduled to participate in the event, as a solid week there could solidify him as a first-round pick.
As a junior with the Bearcats, Evans was the team’s leading scorer as he put up 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 37 percent from three-point range. Also effective on the defensive end, Evans averaged 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
With NBA teams putting a premium on two-way wings, Evans has the potential to vault up draft boards with solid workouts over the next several weeks. Many mock drafts currently list Evans as a late first-round pick.
The loss of Evans is going to really hurt Cincinnati, as the Bearcats now lose three of their top four scorers from last season’s AAC championship team. Without Evans in the lineup, Cincinnati will have to rely heavily on veterans like Jarron Cumberland and Cane Broome to provide a scoring lift until some of the team’s unproven players begin to step up.
Jacob Evans has committed to Mick Cronin and the Cincinnati Bearcats, according to multiple reports.
Evans, the No. 96 player in the Class of 2015 according to Rivals, is a 6-foot-5 wing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He picked the Bearcats over South Carolina, although up until last Friday he was also considering Auburn, LSU and Tulane.
“I was extremely pleased with the coaching staff and current players at Cincinnati,” Evans told Scout.com. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the program and like that I’ll have the opportunity to compete for playing time as a freshman.”
Evans saw his recruitment blow up over the summer as he put together a series of strong performances at events like the Pangos All-American camp, NBPA Top 100 camp and the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas, where he led his Louisiana Dynasty AAU team to the tournament final.
Evans is the third commitment for Cincinnati in this class, joining Tre Mason and Justin Jenifer.
Louisiana native and four-star wing Jacob Evans cut his list late this week. The 6-foot-5 Evans updated his list from five to two schools and is now considering Cincinnati and South Carolina, according to a report from Ben Love of Tiger Sports Digest.
Evans was also considering Auburn, LSU and Tulane.
While Auburn took a lot of recent commitments and Tulane isn’t a tournament-level team at the moment, LSU getting booted off the list doesn’t look great. The Tigers need to add talent around Ben Simmons, the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class, and Evans was a talented in-state kid.
But LSU is still in on a number of other talented wings and should have time to recruit someone else.
South Carolina and Cincinnati will battle it out for the No. 98 overall prospect in Rivals’ 2015 national rankings.
St. Michael the Archangel (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) guard/forward Jacob Evans may have entered the summer without a great deal of acclaim from a national standpoint, but his play in various camps and on the grassroots circuit with the Louisiana Dynasty program changed that. Evans is a four-star prospect capable of playing either the two or the three, with multiple scouting services now ranking him with the Top 100 of the Class of 2015 (Rivals ranks him 96th in the class).
According to Ben Love of Tiger Sports Digest the Baton Rouge product is down to five schools, with his hometown university (LSU) among the remaining choices. In addition to LSU, Evans is still considering Auburn, Cincinnati, South Carolina and Tulane with a trip to Cincinnati scheduled for this weekend.
Of the five schools Auburn’s had the most productive recruiting cycle at the wing positions, with Nu Williams and Danjel Purifoy both having already committed to joining Bruce Pearl’s program next season. South Carolina doesn’t lack for depth either, with Sindarius Thornwell leading a number of options with two freshmen (TeMarcus Blanton and Shamiek Sheppard) joining the program. As for LSU, Johnny Jones’ team doesn’t have a great amount of depth in those areas with UNC Asheville transfer Keith Hornsby and Tim Quarterman being their best options at this point in time.
As for the two American Athletic Conference programs on Evans’ list both Cincinnati and Tulane could use a recruiting boost on the wing. The Bearcats will lose senior Jermaine Sanders at the end of this season, with Tulane having two seniors in Jay Hook and Trey Drye to account for when recruiting Class of 2015 prospects.
Evans’ recruitment will be something for all five programs to keep track of in the coming weeks, and if he can build on his successful summer the Baton Rouge product could end up ranked even higher than he currently is.