Jawun Evans participated in the NBA Combine last week where he measured as having the longest wingspan in Combine history for somebody under 6’5. He spoke about how his size has been a benefit to him over the course of his career because it has encouraged him to work harder than he probably would have.
“The things I’ve been through in my lifetime, I’ve kind of a chip on my shoulder with people telling me I’m small,” he told reporters. “I just kept working and got my foot in the door and that’s how I got here.”
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He also noted what teams that interviewed him are looking for.
“They told me they’d like me to be more outgoing,” he told reporters. “Talk more and be more talkative. I’ve been working on that since I’ve been growing up. As I get older in age, I feel I’m getting more talkative and be more outgoing. It’s coming along.”
Lastly — cover your eyes — he spoke glowingly about Brad Underwood.
“He was a great coach to me,” Evans told the Chicago Tribune. “He pushed me every day to be the best I can be. He stayed on me. We worked hard in practice. We didn’t have days off. We stayed in the weight room. He put that energy into us and we fed it back to him.”
“I think he’ll do real good (at Illinois),” Evans added. “He changed our team around. The teams he’s been at have been great. They have (a great season) coming up.”
Evans, as most potential first rounders do, got the Draft Express treatment in film breakdown as well. They went through each of his strengths and weakness, and I have to say the entire thing is mesmerizing.
It’s easy to lose sight of just how good Evans was on a micro level when you’re thinking more macro in May. He made some plays off picks and rolls and in the open floor that are just unbelievable. Draft Express breaks them down.
The thing that struck me most as I watched the video — and as I watched him in Stillwater — is how high his hoops IQ was (and is). I know that doesn’t matter if you don’t have the physical tools, but when you pair it with somebody who has the tools Jawun possesses, it could really translate professionally. With Evans, I think it’s probably going to depend on fit and situation when he gets to the NBA.
Will he go to a team that is able to really leverage his mind and his offensive prowess? Or will he land on a team that’s just going to try and turn him into something he’s not? Hopefully we get the former outcome rather than the latter, but if we don’t, we’ll at least always have those two outrageously good college seasons.