Clemson already leads for PG Ty Hudson of Georgia, and the Tigers find themselves in solid shape with PG Jawun Evans, the Greenville native who now resides in Dallas. Evans is down to a final eight of Clemson, Illinois, Southern Cal, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma State and Cincinnati.
Evans reputation started to grow while he was playing in South Carolina but took off after playing last season for Kimball High in Dallas. His AAU coach and mentor Lamont Simmons agrees the change of locale has been positive for Evans’ career.
“The move that he made to Dallas has helped him out tremendously,” Simmons said. “The nation has gotten to see what we’ve known for years, every since the sixth grade.” Simmons added that Evans’ exposure through his AAU team which was ranked 2nd in the nation and other summer platy also has built up his national following.
July, of course, is a major recruiting month for basketball and Simmons said the plan is to reevaluate the final eight after the month is over.
“He’ll probably take a couple off from there and set up some official visits and probably get it down to about four or five schools and really dig deep into then,” Simmons said.
And it looks good at this point for Clemson to make the final four or five. The Tigers jumped on Evans early in the recruiting process and have developed a solid relationship with him. And Simmons is working on getting Evans over to Clemson for a visit while he’s home this summer.
“They’ve probably got the best relationship with him and his mom, they’ve been around the longest and they were the first school to offer,” Simmons said. “He’s known their coaching staff a lot longer. I wouldn’t say he has a true leader. I would put it at those eight for right now.”
Simmons said Evans will make a decision before his senior season in Texas.