Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jawun Evans affirms position as one of nation’s top freshmen

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) puts up a three over Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans (1) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) puts up a three over Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans (1) during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.


— If 42 points in a two-point home loss to Oklahoma didn’t launch Oklahoma State freshman point guard Jawun Evans onto center stage nationally, his performance in a blowout victory against No. 3 Kansas University should do the job.

Evans totaled 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists and took just 11 shots in leading Oklahoma State to an 86-67 Tuesday night destruction of No. 3 Kansas in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“I think he’s great,” Kansas coach Bill Self said of Evans. “I think he’s great. You can talk about other freshmen in the country. He’s right up there with them. He’s great.”

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford could not have been happier with the the performance from the 6-foot, 175-pound point guard from Kimball High, in Dallas.

“All five players on the court are watching him defensively and trying to figure out how to slow him down,” Ford said.

“He’s probably the best I’ve ever seen at understanding when to shoot and when to pass,” Evans’ coach added. “He can go out and get you 20, 25, 30 points or 10, 11, or 12 assists. He did a little bit of both, but we had everybody step up, definitely.”

Teammate Jeff Newberry, who scored 13 points, talked about the freshman being a great student of the game.

“He is one of the most humble people I have ever played with,” Newberry said. “He is very eager to learn and listen. He doesn’t just take praise to the good stuff. He wants to know what he did wrong. I like that he consistently wants to get better every day, and comes calm and collected, knowing he has to lead the team, and he takes on that burden.”

Evans had six turnovers, but as for what he did wrong, the answer still was not much at all.

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By the Numbers: Oklahoma State 86, Kansas 67

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State 86, Kansas 67


Joe Baker 6 years, 10 months ago

How many more opposing teams and players will KU affirm this year?

Robert Brock 6 years, 10 months ago

KU plays victim once again. What has happened to Frank Mason?

Mike Greer 6 years, 10 months ago

I was there, I saw it first hand, my one question, who put on the KU uniforms at half time and came out of the locker room? It looked like Mason, Ellis, and Selden, but somehow I'm sure it wasn't them. Those guys can shoot and defend, the body snatchers that came out after halftime couldn't buy a basket, secure a rebound, or defend the rim.

It's time for a conspiracy theory on who has taken over the Jayhawks bodies.

Steve Zimmerman 6 years, 10 months ago

Evans > KU's guards combined (Mason, Graham, Selden). He's got more assists than the three musketeers combined. Their offense is not stale, so dynamic and hot off the press. But their defense is so-so. We just had a bad night 3-pt shooting. They stick their men only around the paint.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 10 months ago

A ridiculous statement that I at one time would have laughed off but apparently it is correct. OSU playing without their best guard and their guard play WAS still better ours. It seems that after Selby, landing a top point guard just isn't happening and without Manning, I think it will start affecting our recruiting with the bigs

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