Cincinnati's 2015 class rank was 45th yesterday according to 247sports.com. With Evans, Cincinnati's class rank moved up to 29th, so that is something.
At 6-6 and 215 pounds, Jacob Evans is a good sized Shooting Guard. Evans is currently ranked as the 98th player in the '15 class by 247COMPOSITE and a 4-star recruit according to ESPN. He is somewhat athletic, but boasts a well rounded game. He can drive or shoot the jumper, but he isn't overwhelmingly quick. On defense he can guard the opposing team's SG or SF, which I am sure is very attractive to Mick.
Though ESPN is a little down on Evans compared to other sites, they report that he "is one of the more complete offensive players in the class". In a team renowned for their defense, Cronin has recently been bringing in some offensively gifted players. Not that Evans is weak on the defensive end of the court, but Cronin will elevate Evans' defensive play to another level.
Initially everyone thought Evans would go to Tulane. His AAU coach took over at Tulane and so people thought Evans would follow. However, a couple of days ago Evans announced that he had narrowed his target school list to Cincinnati and South Carolina, and that he planned to make his decision in November. I guess something got him extra excited about Cincinnati in the last couple of days.
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/12e7mjWu08s?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
This is a big get for the Bearcats. Watching him on film, he reminds me a lot of Allan Houston. He has an ease and simplicity to his game. I see Justin Jenifer getting Evans a lot of open looks. Evans now comes in as the likely heir to Kevin Johnson. Mick Cronin just continues and continues to impress. How is this for a potential lineup in three years:
PG: Justin Jenifer
SG: Jacob Evans
SF: Gary Clark
PF Quadri Moore
C: Jamaree Strickland
Bench: Deshaun Morman, Tre Scott
The lineup above obviously doesn't even consider anyone else Mick and Co. pickup in the meantime. It is a good day for Bearcat fans. We should all have the piece of mind to know that we have a tournament caliber team for at least another few year.
Welcome to Cincinnati, Mr. Jacob Evans.
-Daniele "Da" Bologna