On Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers drafted former Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans with the 39th overall pick in the second round. His draft rights were then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Coming out of college, Evans heralded many comparisons to the Clippers’ All-Star point guard Chris Paul and now he might get to train under him, given Paul stays through his free agency.
However, Evans’ slip to the second round raises a couple of questions, first and foremost being: should Evans have returned to Oklahoma State for another season?
The All-Big 12 sophomore sat atop the league in scoring and assists, excelling in every aspect of the Pick-and-Roll. Another solid year could have solidified him as a mid-first rounder, especially since this year’s draft was so loaded with point guards. But then again, that would open him to the risk of another injury. Evans sat out about a third of his freshman season with a shoulder injury and something serious would jeopardize his potential NBA career.
On the flip side, what more did he have left to prove that would have convinced him to stay another year with his third different head coach in just as many years? He’d already shown the scouts his scoring, passing, and playmaking abilities and he wasn’t making massive jumps in his improvement that would signal an explosive junior season. Would another shot at dethroning KU be worth the risk of a potential career ending injury?
In my opinion, I think that Jawun made the best move for his career and himself. He didn’t slip so far that his declaration was an obvious waste, he ended up on a team that is a perfect fit for him and where he can make an immediate impact, and he leaves Oklahoma State fans with nothing but good memories.
So what do you think? Did he make the right choice? Should he have come back for his junior campaign? Or is it too early to tell?
Vote in the poll, and as always, please leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Should Jawun have come back for another year at OSU?
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No, he made the right choice.
Yes, he could have used another year.
It’s too early to tell.