Wapahani guard talks Indiana, upcoming visit schedule

  • 09/11/2011 6:13 pm in

2014 Wapahani guard Grant Evans grew up following Indiana basketball and the sophomore has gained even more familiarity with the program Tom Crean is rebuilding after taking two unofficial visits in the last month.

Evans’ latest trip to Bloomington, which is roughly 120 miles from his home in Selma, came on Saturday for the Indiana-Virginia football game at Memorial Stadium.

The sophomore left impressed with both Cook Hall and the newly renovated academic center in the north end zone.

“They’re definitely top of the line,” Evans said. “They are great and Indiana’s pretty lucky to have facilities like that.”

Another highlight of the visit was the chance to play open gym against several of Indiana’s current players and other recruits who were also taking unofficial visits.

“I thought I did pretty well,” he said. “Obviously my defense has to get better, but that will come just because I need to get stronger.”

After a strong finish to the summer with his Best Choice Elite AAU team at the GRBA National Championships in Fort Wayne, Evans picked up a scholarship offer from Gardner-Webb to go along with a previous offer from Wright State.

A solid mix of high-major and mid-major schools have also expressed interest including Ball State, Belmont, Butler, Cincinnati, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Xavier.

Evans, who averaged 20.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a freshman, said he’ll use the next month to squeeze in more unofficial visits before his high school season begins.

“This week I’m going to be going to Ball State sometime,” he said. “I think Thursday I’m going to be going to Butler. Saturday, I’ll be going to Michigan to their football game. And then on the 23rd and 24th, I’m going to Wisconsin and Minnesota. In October, the 15th, I’ll be heading to Purdue for their first practice.”

Although things are still early in the recruiting process for Evans, he already has an idea of what he’s looking to find at the next level.

“I’m going to be looking at the school that will be the best fit for me,” he said. “Where I’d be able to come in, get some playing time and also be the best fit for me academically.”

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  • Kelin Blab

    The 2014 class could be the new 2012 super class with the level of talent. Would be thrilled if we could add…

    Trevon Bluiett and another player (PJ Thompson, A big like Poindexter, and maybe Lyle)

  • Kelin Blab

    The 2014 class could be the new 2012 super class with the level of talent. Would be thrilled if we could add…

    Trevon Bluiett and another player (PJ Thompson, A big like Poindexter, and maybe Lyle)

  • Anonymous

    Just a maybe for Lyle?

  • Kelin Blab

    Lyle is ultra talented…not sure how he fits with IU and a bigger fan of Bluiett. I think Bluiett adds more to this class.

  • Kelin Blab

    Lyle is ultra talented…not sure how he fits with IU and a bigger fan of Bluiett. I think Bluiett adds more to this class.

  • We Are Back 2012

    I think I am in agreement with Kelin on this one. Lyle is very good, but not sure how he would fit. I like Bluiett if he can play the 3 and for sure like this Evans kid. A pure shooter who can light it up..

  • We Are Back 2012

    I think I am in agreement with Kelin on this one. Lyle is very good, but not sure how he would fit. I like Bluiett if he can play the 3 and for sure like this Evans kid. A pure shooter who can light it up..

  • MitchellBMitch

    I agree with Kelin that Lyle is very talented and has great potential and upside to end in the top 20 of the 2014 class when its all said and done.

    Also, I like Bluiett, I think hes got skills and hustles hard and is good on the glass. Additionally, I believe (not sure) he is one of the leading scores on his Spiece AAU summer team, that had Lyles, Blackmon, Lyle this past summer. However, hes not regarded as top 25 or 50 guy in his class by most reliable scouting services.

    Having said that (LD)…By 2014 I believe we should be recruiting at least one to two out of state top ranked in the top 25. I know that Trey Lyles is a top 10 player for his class, but I believe to truly get back to national prominence on a yearly basis and be competing for B1G championships and deep Tourney runs, we need to be pulling in highly talented 4 to 5* players nationally.

    I will always believe we need to retain in-state talent, and Crean has done that and more in the past few years, and there is a feel in the state that Crean has “locked up that boarders”, which I believe he has, and he need to continue what hes doing in-state, but take that recruiting prowess nationally.

    Crean is definitely working on some highly regarded national players in the next few yeras, 2013 and 2014 classes with the likes of:

    2013
    – BeeJay Anya (Maryland)
    – Bryon Zeigler (Detroit)
    -Derek Willis (Kentucky) – that would be a double steal (from pUKe and de-commited from PUke)
    -Matt Jones (Texas)

    2104
    -JaQuan Lyle (Indiana – Evansville)
    -Grant Evans (Indiana – Wapahani)
    -Henry Clay (Lexington)

    So I think if CTC continues his strong efforts at most of these recruits and obviously there are others and some with drop and other will gain more interest but, as long as he continues what he did in Indiana and take it on a national presence as well, IU will return to where we belong very shortly and will stay for a long time.

     

  • Jtravis33

    Saw Grant at open gym on Friday.  Looked good offensively.  Has long arms and is a left hander with a nice stroke and decent handles for his age.  Will probably be more than a spot up shooter.  At one point, he hit 3 three pointers in a row including a game winner.

  • MillaRed

    It seems the case with all of these types is what they are doing on the defensive side of the ball. Wondering if he will be able to handle it.

  • For the record, the 2014 recruits from Henry Clay are named Jordan Green and Trey Grundy. 

  • MitchellBMitch

    Thanks for the clairification. I hope CTC keeps on these recruits, alot of potential.

    Good things are a comin’…

  • MillaRed

    I don’t think having Bluiett AND Lyle makes sense. And my gut tells me Bluiett is the guy. I think his personality is a better fit. Just an opinion.

  • MillaRed

    I don’t think having Bluiett AND Lyle makes sense. And my gut tells me Bluiett is the guy. I think his personality is a better fit. Just an opinion.

  • MillaRed

    I don’t think having Bluiett AND Lyle makes sense. And my gut tells me Bluiett is the guy. I think his personality is a better fit. Just an opinion.

  • Aaronrichardson12

    I have watched Grant play since he was in 3rd grade.  The kid has flat worked his tail off to get to the point he is now.  He has limitless range.  Come watch the kid play when their season starts.  Last year they started 4 freshman (including Evans) and there is another that is very impressive as well.  It will be well worth your time to see some quality fundamental basketball and to see a great coach like Matt Luce run the team.

  • Aaronrichardson12

    I have watched Grant play since he was in 3rd grade.  The kid has flat worked his tail off to get to the point he is now.  He has limitless range.  Come watch the kid play when their season starts.  Last year they started 4 freshman (including Evans) and there is another that is very impressive as well.  It will be well worth your time to see some quality fundamental basketball and to see a great coach like Matt Luce run the team.

  • Aaronrichardson12

    I have watched Grant play since he was in 3rd grade.  The kid has flat worked his tail off to get to the point he is now.  He has limitless range.  Come watch the kid play when their season starts.  Last year they started 4 freshman (including Evans) and there is another that is very impressive as well.  It will be well worth your time to see some quality fundamental basketball and to see a great coach like Matt Luce run the team.