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Class of 2023 star K.J. Evans adds Arizona to list, will meet with Coach Tommy Lloyd
By ADAM ZAGORIAK.J. Evans, the five-star 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, has added Arizona to his list of schools and will meet Thursday with head coach Tommy Lloyd, he told ZAGSBLOG.
“Yes they are and their message to me was [they] develop players and ultimately win” and they will “get you to the NBA,” he said.
Evans plans to visit the Pac-12 school sometime this spring, his father said.
The Arizona development was first reported by Joe Tipton of On3.com.
Evans is also considering Auburn, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon and UCLA.
He previously broke down each school:
Auburn: “They want to help me become a great basketball player and great person and they want to see me make my dreams come to reality and they have a family atmosphere.”
Indiana: “They want to succeed in life through anything if basketball don’t work and they just want me to see my dreams happen as well and their atmosphere is crazy which I like.”
Kentucky: “The coaches were straight to business and want me to come up there and produce and they hold people to a higher standard and they get guys into the league.”
Oregon: “I have a good relationship with Dana Altman and he’s just a good coach and he wants me to make my dreams happen and it’s nice place for school as well.”
UCLA: “It’s a great spot for anybody and they want me to come in and produce and just want me to work for what I want and the people are crazy too and it’s just in Cali.”
Ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 2-ranked prospect in the class of 2023, Evans has played a three-and-D type role on a loaded Montverde roster.
“I can handle the ball as well, so pretty much that’s what I do,” he said. “I can also get to the rim, so I can pretty much do it all.” Looking ahead, Evans says he wants to improve his ball handling and motor, while also getting stronger physically.
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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.
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