Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Jawun Evans, arguably the top point guard in the Class of 2015, enjoyed his visit to USC last weekend and now heads to Illinois this coming weekend.
“It went pretty good,” the 6-foot point guard out of Dallas (TX) Kimball told SNY.tv of USC. “It was a great campus. Me and the coaches got along very well. They’re really young and down to Earth people. They really tell you what’s going on.”
Asked what coach Andy Enfield said his role there would be, Evans said, “Just come in and do the things I’ve been doing. Really play my game when I come in.”
Illinois coach John Groce and his staff was all over Evans during the July recruiting period and now he heads to campus.
“We got a great relationship,” Evans said. “I can come in and I can have a spot and already be in the staring lineup.”
He added: “They text me all the time, as much as they can. They text me, see how I’m doing and how my family’s doing.”
Evans is also considering Oklahoma State and Texas, and has an official planned for Oklahoma State Sept. 24.
Evans and fellow AAU teammate Elijah Thomas have talked about packaging together in college, and Thomas is considering Illinois and Oklahoma State, among others.
“If it happens, it happens,” Evans said of a potential package. “It’s not a big thing on our list, but it’ll be good to play together.”
As for a timetable on his own decision, Evans said, “I’m not sure. I have to talk it over with my family.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.