The program’s biggest recruiting news since it received a commitment from Marcus Smart three years ago comes in the form of another highly-touted point guard from Texas. Jawun Evans announced yesterday his intention to join the Oklahoma State Cowboys next fall. The 6-0 guard is a four-star recruit who also considered Illinois, Southern Cal and Texas. More from The Oklahoman:
By lunchtime Wednesday, Jawun Evans changed his Twitter profile to include a picture snapped inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Next season, he plans to be in the photo – on the floor.
Evans provided a boost to Oklahoma State’s basketball recruiting class Wednesday morning, committing to the Cowboys and installing a pivotal piece to their plans going forward, both as a player and possibly as a key recruiter.
“Blessed to say I’m committed to Oklahoma State,” Evans said on Twitter.
A five-star prospect from Kimball High in Dallas, Evans is a consensus pick as one of the nation’s premier point guards, rated as the No. 3 point by Scout.com and the No. 24 player overall. Rivals.com pegs Evans as the No. 26 prospect nationally, while ESPN lists him No. 36.
The 6-foot Evans is OSU’s first high school commitment in the 2015 class and the Cowboys’ highest-ranked recruit since Marcus Smart.
“In terms of basketball, he’s a floor general, a kid who makes the players around him better,” said Evans’ travel team coach and mentor Lamont Simmons. “That’s his best asset. He’s a pure leader. He’s a winner. And he’s won at every level.”
As a junior a year ago, Evans led Kimball to the Texas Class 4A state title, averaging 22.4 points, 8.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds a game.