Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tyreke Evans- Where Will He Go?

Three days from now, the basketball world will know where American Christian Academy (PA) superstar Tyreke Evans will take his game. The finalists to land the phenomenal guard are Memphis, Seton Hall, Texas, UConn, and Villanova. Sources have told me that Evans will not end up playing ball for Jim Calhoun in Storrs. Seton Hall seems iffy, as when I spoke to Tyreke just a few weeks ago, he did not even mention the Pirates as one of his finalists. Thus, it appears to me, that signs are pointing towards Evans' decision coming down to the Memphis Tigers, Texas Longhorns, and Villanova Wildcats. That's three school from three different conferences in three different parts of the country. So, Tyreke Evans will likely either play ball in the southeast for John Calipari in the C-USA, for Rick Barnes in the southwest in the Big 12, or in the Big East for Jay Wright in the northeast. Villanova's main advantage--and it's a big one--is that they are in Evans' home state. Meanwhile, Memphis' major selling point for the playmaker is likely the opportunity to step in for Derrick Rose and play a similar role. Texas is seemingly the wild card, though Evans could do some of the things that DJ Augustin did for Barnes' team. Something that makes this story even more intriguing is that, according to, both Augustin and Rose have yet to declare for the NBA Draft. Could this bump up Villanova? The Wildcats, though, have a young point guard in sophomore-to-be Corey Fisher from St. Patrick's (NJ). Thus, it appears that all three schools are at about a level playing field. My hunch is that Tyreke Evans will go to Memphis, with Villanova finishing a close second behind the Tigers. There are numerous reasons for Evans to head to the southeast, and I just think that Evans won't be able to pass up the opportunity to play there. The team's run to the NCAA Tournament Championship Game certainly can't hurt. So, there you have my opinion. What is yours? I'll be posting a poll to get your perspective on America's best unsigned high school baller. Feel free to comment on this article to express the reasoning for your choice.

Note- photo of Tyreke Evans is from


Anonymous said...

evans is going to memphis. why? william wesley is a friend of the program and you listen to wes when he gives you advice. just started reading your blog - looking forward to reading about the interviews with maalik wayns and dominic cheek.

North Star Basketball said...

We will see in just a few short days if your logic proves correct. Evans' decision will certainly have a major impact on whatever school he chooses.

Thank you for the feedback, it is much appreciated. Check back later this week for the Cheek and Wayns interviews!