“My handles have gotten a lot tighter,” Evans told On3. “I’m able to get to the basket a lot more, finish with more layups and dunks off the bounce. I want to show I can lead my team and win a state championship this season. We are still a relevant team.”
The Huntersville (NC) North Mecklenburg High wing’s recruitment has taken off with his development. On3 caught up with Isaiah Evans at a recent open to talk about his recruitment and upcoming visits.
“I have unofficial visits set up with Georgia, Clemson, and NC State,” Evans said.
Evans talks visits
Georgia: “I got familiar with the Georgia scene through playing with TSF this summer; it’s become a place I’m familiar with. That’s a place I feel comfortable, and I’m interested in learning more. That’s why I wanted to go down there and see for myself.”
NC State: “They let their guys play; they give them a lot of freedom. They’re saying I can come in and be that guy who puts the ball in the basket like I’m doing now. They’re telling me I can be ball dominant there, and my game transitions real well to how they play there. They play fast, get the rebound, push it out, and kick it up; that’s exactly how we play at this high school I’m at right now.”
Clemson: “They have a good system that has developed guards. They got a really passionate fan base too. I wanted to get down there and experience that.”
Evans talks recruitment
The Fall live recruiting period has been going on for two weeks now. North Mecklenburg High has been a stop for numerous college coaches from around the college basketball landscape.
“Since coaches started coming out, I picked up St. John’s and West Virginia offers,” Evans said. (editor’s note- Maryland also offered after this interview)
West Virginia: “The coach came down for a workout, and we were talking after the run, and he said, ‘I like how you play, and we would like to extend you a scholarship.’
St. John’s: “They told me they liked how I play, how I can put the ball on the floor, and they see I have good vision. The Big East is a good conference; they play hard.”
In his words
“I’m going to be looking at the location of the school,” Evans said. “Is that school a place I’m going to want to stay for a year, somewhere I feel comfortable at? I’m going to see if each school is a place I can thrive and if is it in a good area.
“I want to go somewhere that is going to let me play my game. I don’t want to go where they are going to want to change what I already got going on. I’ll want to play fast, get the ball up the floor, and play with high energy. I want to go to a place where the culture is so strong; you just got to buy in.”
Evans scouting report
Isaiah Evans is a lengthy prospect, all arms and legs right now. He moves fluidly and is comfortable handling the ball in the open floor. He is good in the passing lanes; his length and anticipation help deflections. Evans is very thin and will need to continue adding weight. The jump shot comes across his face and is inconsistent. A good off-ball cutter seems to have a high basketball IQ. Inconsistent in creating in the half-court, can struggle to get past his man off the bounce; re-tooling the jump shot will also help here. He has a lot of tools and a natural basketball IQ; he also competes and does a lot of the little things.