1 - Jawun Evans

6-0, 185 Point Guard
Oklahoma State Sophomore
07/26/96 (24.5 yrs)
Dallas, TX
High School
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Jump Shot
NBA Ready
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NBA Comparison: Tyronn Lue

Strengths: After a promising freshman season cut short by injury, Jawun Evans came back and further established himself as both a dynamic scorer and distributor in the college ranks … Evans really has a good understanding of operating in the pick and roll, as well as artfully using screens to get a good shot … His ability to run an offense, understand spacing, and create for others will directly translate to the pro game … Jawun is also a strong shooter who hit 38% from deep during his sophomore campaign … His 81% clip from the free throw line, as well as a 48% percentage as a freshman paired with good mechanics and on court smarts would lead me to believe he will continue to improve from beyond the arc … His 19.2 points per contest were achieved on a variety of shots as well … Evans can get to the hoop, operate in the mid-range, and get out in transition. He also has a nice array of floaters and is good at creating space between defenders in order to get attempts up over shot blockers … While not an elite athlete, he is extremely quick and has pretty good lift … A glass half full observation would mention his 6’4’’ wingspan, which is helpful considering his small stature … Evans 6.4 assists per game lead the Big 12 this past season, and he did so with a pretty solid 2.28 assist to turnover ratio … Quick hands, and good anticipation also allowed him to rack up 1.8 steals per game as a sophomore … Evans has showcased the ability to take over games … He went for 25 or more points 8 times this past season did so without sacrificing his distribution duties … Jawun can be streaky as well. When he’s rolling he proved to often be too much to handle at the college ranks, and he does enough outside of scoring he’s still a valuable asset when his shot isn’t falling …

Weaknesses: Defensively Evans will have trouble at the next level … While 5’11.5’’ in shoes he does sport a nice wingspan, but he’s not overly strong for his size, nor is he an elite athlete … His effort is a plus, though, but he’ll be easy to shoot over in the NBA … Like many smaller guards, he also projects to struggle in the lane … According to hoop-math.com he shot just 50.4% at the rim against big men that will be much smaller and less athletic than their NBA counterparts … He didn’t enjoy the most efficient sophomore season … It should be noted that he carried a massive offensive load for the Cowboys, but 43% shooting in the NCAA isn’t a good clip, and things don’t get any easier in the NBA … A better shooting freshman season would give hope to turning things around when he’s not expected to shoot 15 times and be the primary ball handler and distributor, but he’ll also be playing against tougher competition …

Overall: Jawun Evans is a bit of a throw back … While a big time scorer, he’s also an expert floor general that will be able to take those skills to the NBA level … His long range shot has a lot of promise, and he’s been insanely productive during his stint in Stillwater … Jawun has a lot of appeal in a league where long range shooting is coveted, and smaller guards have more room to operate than they did in the days when lumbering big men clogged lanes for a living … At 20, he has some upside as well … While he’ll almost certainly start his career in a reserve role, I don’t think it’s out of the question that if drafted into the right system, he could become a starter after a few years … His floor is relatively high as well, as I think he has what it takes to stick in the league at the point guard position, even if he doesn’t progress past a reserve role …

David Ray 4/24/17

Notes: Measured 5’11.5 (in shoes) 177 lbs, with a 6’4.5 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Guard Skills Academy