WKU just missed out on having two players drafted in the first two rounds of the NBA draft for the second time in school history. Forward Jeremy Evans was drafted and guard A.J. Slaughter fill in InsideHilltopperSports.com on their pro prospects as of now.[details]
2010 (Senior):HEADER JEREMY EVANS Small Forward Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers #40 6:08.5-196 Crossett, Arkansas Crossett High School
OVERVIEW Evans needs to add bulk to his lanky 6-foot-9 frame to eventually develop into a pro power forward.
Evans is best under the basket with his inside scoring game, setting the school career-record by making 63.9 percent of his field goal attempts, including 71.0 percent of his tries in postseason tournament action.
A classic role player, Evans started 130-of-134 games during his career. He became the 44th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club, closing out his career 39th on the school's all-time record list with 1,065 points. He also ranks second in WKU annals in games played (134) and holds the school mark with 224 blocked shots.
2009-10 SEASON All-Sun Belt Conference Defensive Team selection...Started 31-of-33 games, seeing action mostly at center...Scored a career-high 341 points (10.0 points per game), as he hit on 64.9 percent of his field goals (tied for third in school history, 137-of-211)...Added 64-of-93 free throws (68.8 percent)...Grabbed 235 rebounds (6.9 rebounds per game) and blocked 561 shots (1.8 per game)...Handed out 25 assists to go with 28 steals...Scored in double figures 18 times, had at least 10 rebounds in seven contests and produced four double-double performances.
2008-09 SEASON Selected to the All-Sun Belt Conference second-team...Averaged 8.8 points (298) and 5.7 rebounds (195) per game while leading the team in blocked shots with 68 (2.0 per game), sixth most in a single season at WKU...Finished tied for fourth in the Sun Belt Conference and 42nd in Division I in blocks...In addition to ranking second on the team in rebounding, his 5.7 per game was 10th best in the Sun Belt...Connecting on 123-of-194 shots for a league-leading 63.4 percent, Evans was awarded the Ralph Crosthwaite Field Goal Accuracy Award at the year-end team banquet...His shooting percentage finished as the fifth best single season performance in school history...Posted four double doubles, all coming on the road, second most on the team.
2007-08 SEASON Led the team and ranked 15th in the Sun Belt Conference with 5.2 rebounds per outing (176)...Led team and ranked third in league with 51 blocked shots (1.5 per game)...Shot 62.5 percent from the field while averaging 5.9 points per game (202 total)...Led the team in rebounding on 10 occasions.
2006-07 SEASON Earned the Bobby Rascoe Defensive Player of the Year Award at the year-end team banquet...Started 30 of 32 games played in his first season on the Hill...His 224 points (7.0 per game) are the ninth-highest total posted by a freshman at WKU...Averaged a team-leading 5.7 rebounds per game (182), as he finished 13th in the Sun Belt Conference in rebounding...Shot 64.4 percent from the floor...Became the first freshman since All-American Chris Marcus in 1999-2000 to lead the team in rebounding...Third in the Sun Belt with 1.38 blocks per outing, finishing with a team-high 44...Scored 10 or more points in 11 contests.
CAREER NOTES Ranks 39th in school history in scoring (1,065 points), becoming the 44th player to score over 1,000 points...Started 130 games (school record) and appeared in 134 contests (second in WKU annals)...Holds the school career-record by making 63.9 percent of his field goals, topping the previous mark of 62.1 percent by Darius Hall (1992-95)...His field goal percentage of .639 tied Elgrace Wilborn (2004-05) for third on the Hilltoppers' season-record list...Holds the school record with 224 blocked shots, as his 68 blocks as a junior rank sixth and his 61 rejections as a senior rank seventh on the WKU season-record list.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Crossett (Ark.) High School, helping lead the Eagles to the state tournament each of the last two seasons...Averaged 25.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game his senior year while earning All-State and All-Conference accolades...In addition to being named All-State and All-League as a junior, Evans was voted the County Player of the Year as Crossett High finished 17-10...Also an All-Conference choice his sophomore season.
PERSONAL Communications major...Born 10/24/87...Resides in Crossett, Arkansas.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: A raw offensive player, Evans has good strength, quickness and elevation to contribute on defense...Has a long wingspan and good timing working around the basket, where he finishes with resounding dunks and gives good effort keeping the ball alive on the glass...Shows good spin moves that he uses regularly to get to the baseline and score over the defense...Explosive coming off his feet and looks fluid when elevating...Has the lateral agility to move off the ball and create space for himself to take spot-up shots...With his length opponents rarely contest his jump shot...Can stay low and shows good balance with a sudden first step to get by his man on the way to the rim...Has a quick release and a high release point...More comfortable facing the basket than operating on the block...Likes to put the ball on the floor, which creates mismatches vs. smaller forwards with his quick initial step...Has the lateral quickness on help defense to rotate to the open man, getting into position well in attempts to disrupt...Good moving around the court without the ball in his hands, taking good angles while cutting to the basket...The best part of his game remains his defense, as he moves his feet well and fights hard to establish position...Needs to develop better knee bend defending outside the paint, but compensates with lateral agility to stay in from of the shooter.
Negatives: Offensive game is very erratic, as he lacks range outside 10 feet...Has surprising strength, but his lanky frame could see him get manhandled by more physical NBA big men...Lacks any sort of perimeter shooting ability...Has good court speed, but lacks a good power base...Still young and lacks confidence, as he will let a bad play linger...Takes off-balanced shots and needs to refine his footwork and square his shoulders...Looks hesitant with the ball when pressured, showing little confidence in his mid-range shot with a defender in his face...Rare to see him shoot with his off-hand, making his offensive game predictable...Has good lateral agility, but must stay lower in his stance.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: ANTHONY RANDOLPH, Golden State -- Evans has athletic ability, foot speed and length, but also enters the NBA with a frail-looking frame, along with an offensive game that has yet to emerge. Evans is a defensive presence with the speed to cover forwards on the perimeter, but does struggle vs. smaller opponents, making him a slight-frame power forward that is more suited for the three-spot. However, he lacks the ability to stay with his man on defense when guarding on the perimeter full-time. On offense, he lacks any sort of range and won't be able to establish position against the league's better defenders.