#OTRHoopsReport – Feature Player – Jawun Evans – May 9, 2014
Evans led his SC Raptors team to be champions at the Bob Gibbons TOC in the 17U division.
*Photo by Ty Freeman
Jawun Evans (Kimball, Texas), SC Raptors 17U – 2015
Within a tournament full of stars, Evans proved to shine the brightest at the Bob Gibbons Tip-Off Classic. Arguably there were teams who had more talent on their roster than the SC Raptors, but on Sunday afternoon all that mattered was that Evans and his teammates held the trophy as champions. Perhaps what spoke the loudest about him and his team’s victories was how they won. Evans led a relentless, swarming defense that pressured even the most poised ball handlers into errors. Even though his team was clearly undersized along the frontline, the Raptors found ways to swarm the defensive glass and turn missed shots into transition opportunities.
Evans embodies the blue-collar mentality of the entire SC Raptors team. He is a talented guard who could get his shot every time down the court if he wanted, but he unselfishly made the extra pass to his teammates on many occasions. However, make no mistake that Evans found his share of points last weekend at Suwanee Sports Academy. He sports an explosive first step and stealth ability to maneuver between defenders to find his jumper. Since he is a guard who can split time as a point or a shooting guard, it would be a safe bet to assume that Evans will choose program that is very guard-centric, which allow him the freedom to make plays and score at will. The offers have already begun to pour in for the 4-star prospect. Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech is the latest to offer, while he has been talking consistently to Clemson, Illinois, Tennessee, and Southern California.
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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