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.
By ADAM ZAGORIAChe Evans has made the call.
The 6-foot-7 Class of 2020 forward from Neumann Goretti (PA) High School and Team Melo has committed to San Diego State over Boise State, he told ZAGSBLOG. He is ranked the No. 40 small forward in 2020 per 247Sports.com.
“This was a very hard decision because I loved the Boise official visit and also my home visit went very well,” he said. “Ultimately it came down to who I trusted the most and who will prepare me for my goal of a pro career.
“I’m choosing San Diego State as my college home. Coach [Chris] Acker was there before my injury as well as after and that meant a lot to me. I watched scouts drop me from the Top 75 due to my missing NBA Top 100 Camp and Pangos All-American Camp, but I showed enough over these three years where I felt it wasn’t deserved. Coach Acker still said, ‘You’re my guy, and I know you are a Top 50 talent.
“Also when I visited San Diego State on my official, their trainer and I bonded. He knew exactly what my injury was and I knew he could help me stay healthy while at San Diego State.”
The San Diego State staff visited with Evans on Tuesday and Wednesday after Boise State was in earlier in the week.
“Make no mistake, I love Coach [Leon] Rice,” Evans said of the Boise State coach. “He seemed genuine and it was a hard decision as you can tell. Coach Dutch [Brian Dutcher] closed the gap explaining how I can fit and play immediately. He explained that they don’t have any impact transfers yet Boise has two coming from the Pac-12 who already produced and are guaranteed to play most of the minutes.
“At San Diego State, I will get the opportunity to play immediately at small forward and some off guard as well. Some four in small lineups being I’m 6-7. The weather also factored. I definitely need the sun so that was a no-brainer.”
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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.