I think everyone expected Jawun Evans to leave school after Brad Underwood decided to pack up and leave town in the most unceremonious way possible. Not just because he would be playing for this third coach in three years next season, but because he has the talent to go pro.
The stats back that up.
Not only was Evans second in the Big 12 last season in scoring (19.0) and assists (6.2), he was the best player on any Power Five team at running the pick and roll, according to Synergy Sports Tech.
Here is a final look at the most productive pick & roll threats in power conferences during the 2016-2017 season. pic.twitter.com/y9lm9rrCZf— Synergy Sports Tech (@SynergySST) April 11, 2017
As you can see, Evans was in the top two of every category and led in 4-of-7 categories.
He led the “possessions per game” category with 8.4 while narrowly edging out Markelle Fultz for scoring the most points per game on the pick and roll, scoring 7.6 unassisted.
When he got the ball passed to him out of the pick and roll, Evans led the position in spot up points, dropping 5.4 points per game. He was tied for second on points off the rolls (2.4) and tied for second on points resulting from cuts to the rim (1.0).
Now, I’m no math major, but something doesn’t add up here. By my count, Evans scored 16.4 points per game off the pick and roll, using the numbers Synergy Sports Tech used. They say it is 17.0 ppg. I’m not sure where the extra 0.6 ppg came from.
Regardless, Evans excelled at the pick and roll game, and if he can continue that success at the next level, he could be successful for years to come.
You can watch Evans’ next step at the NBA Combine May 9-14 in Chicago. The 2017 NBA Draft will take place June 22nd.