Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tyreke Evans- Keeping Memphis At the Top

Well, it's official, Tyreke Evans is going to be a Memphis Tiger next year. At Evans' press conference today, he picked Memphis, according to, a site that also lists Memphis star Chris Douglas-Roberts as undecided as to whether or not he will enter the NBA Draft. Assuming CDR sticks around for one last hurrah, Tyreke Evans will have the opportunity to be Coach John Calipari's new Derrick Rose. Both players are listed as point guards, and have the ability to score, shoot, and make plays. Tyreke is similar player to Rose, Memphis' one-and-done stud this past season. Evans, a 6'6 senior from American Christian Academy (PA), also can play off the ball, as he is more of a combo guard. The Tigers also will bring in Angel Garcia and Matt Simpkins, as well as possibly Wesley Witherspoon and Devin Ebanks. Regardless of whether or not those two end up playing for Coach Cal, and even if CDR leaves school for the pros, Memphis will again be a national powerhouse. With Tyreke Evans running the point, or even if he ends up playing the two, the squad is poised to trash the rest of the C-USA on the way to a one or two seed in the NCAA Tournament, with an Elite Eight appearance--and possibly a trip to the Final Four--a strong possibility. This may seem too far in advance to be projecting how the team will fair in 2008-2009, but consider this: Memphis is losing Derrick Rose, Aundre Allen, Joey Dorsey, and possibly Chris Douglas-Roberts, yet will return Robert Dozier, Shawn Taggert, Doneal Mack, Pierre Niles, Willie Kemp, and Jeff Robinson, with the aforementioned soon-to-be freshman entering the mold. That means Memphis will be anywhere from nine to twelve deep. John Calipari is a quality coach who will keep his players focused and ready to take on the big dogs once again. If Douglas-Roberts does stay, the Tigers may well be the pre-season favorites to take home the title. Either way, Tyreke Evans will do extremely well filling Derrick Rose's shoes, and the squad should barely miss a beat on offense. The rest of the NCAA had better beware of the Tigers . . . again.

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