Update: (12:30 p.m.)
Local beat reporter Mark Cooper Jr. is reporting that Evans has not signed with an agent.
Can confirm #okstate G Jawun Evans is entering the NBA draft. He has not hired an agent yet.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) March 21, 2017
This is a big development, since as long as Evans does not hire an agent, he can return to OSU and still be eligible (see bylaw 12.3.1 below).
We will keep monitoring the situation and keep you updated on this development.
*End of update
Jawun Evans has declared for the NBA draft according to a couple reports.
Oklahoma State sophomore guard Jawun Evans is entering the 2017 NBA Draft will full intention of staying in, a source told @TheUndefeated.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) March 21, 2017
Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans is declaring for the NBA Draft & will sign with an agent, his AAU coach tells Scout.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 21, 2017
The sophomore guard averaged 19.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.4 rpg and 1.8 spg this year for the Pokes.
This is another unfortunate turn of events, as Evans was reportedly coming back after the Cowboys lost to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last Friday.
FWIW, in the locker room, Jawun Evans said "most likely, I'll be back." Per @BerryTramel— John Helsley (@jjhelsley) March 17, 2017
One has to wonder if the unceremonious leave of Brad Underwood influenced Evans’ decision.
Evans would have been able to “test the waters” of the NBA market and still return to school, had he not signed with an agent. Bylaw 12.3.1 of the NCAA rulebook renders Evans ineligible to compete at the NCAA level again.
An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport. Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport.
Evans is a huge loss for the Pokes, but hopefully the only loss from the team other than the graduating seniors.
While this is a blow to the Cowboys, it should be anything other than shocking. There was already talk of Evans leaving during the season, and I’m not sure if Underwood staying would have been enough to convince Evans to stay.
This pretty much sums it all up...
Whatever the case, we here at CRFF (and much of the Oklahoma State fanbase) would like to thank Jawun for his two years of service. We wish good luck to him at the next level, and remember...
Once a Cowboy, always a Cowboy.