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Jacob Evans Season in Review

Evans proved that he can be a real game changer at any time on the court this season.

NCAA Basketball: Xavier at Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Numbers

  • 31.6 minutes per game
  • 13.5 points per game (17.2 per 40 minutes)
  • 4.2 rebounds per game (5.2 per 40 minutes)
  • 2.7 assists per game (3.4 per 40 minutes)
  • 1.3 steals per game (1.7 per 40 minutes)
  • Shooting splits: .473/.418/.732

In only his second year as a Bearcat, Jacob Evans has started to turn some heads and make a real name for himself here in Cincinnati. In his short time, the sophomore from Baton Rouge has proven to be one of the most talented players in the American Athletic Conference. He has the size at 6'6" to create problems for smaller guards and the speed to keep up. Evans can create off the dribble with mid and long range jumpers and has the ability to work inside as well. As far as the UC basketball team goes, he is the total package. Now a lot of talented guards at the college level tend to lack the effort when it comes to defense but Jacob Evans is not one of those types and posted 1.3 steals per game this past season to go with a defensive rating of 92.0. He loves to keep an eye on passing lanes and intercept passes at the high post which usually results in flashy dunks. Now as much good as I can say about Evans, there is always room for improvement.

Now it is hard to expect a sophomore in any type of situation do this, but I would love to see Jacob Evans take games over more often. I know that's a broad statement, but I wouldn’t mind him calling isolation plays for himself a few times a game and just being a little more selfish on the court because I think he has the talent to really control the outcome of games.

Best of the Best

Friday Nov. 11, 2016 vs. Brown

In the Bearcats season opener, Evans dropped 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added three rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.

Saturday Nov. 19, 2016 vs. Rhode Island

In UC’s first ranked matchup of the season, Evans led the charge with 25 points and six rebounds, although it was damepened by a 76-71 loss.

Saturday Dec. 17, 2016 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

In a blowout win for the Bearcats, Evans racked up 17 points, five rebounds and four assists

Thursday Dec. 22, 2016 vs. Marshall

In an overtime win against the Thundering Herd, Evans scored 25 points and added four rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Thursday Jan. 26, 2017 vs. Xavier

The Crosstown Shootout is very important here in Cincinnati and Evans treated it as such, scoring 21 points, grabbing seven rebounds and adding two blocks.

Friday March 10, 2017 vs. Tulsa

In the first round of the AAC Tournament, Evans proved he wasn’t tired and dropped 20 points with four rebounds and two dimes.

Saturday March 11, 2017 vs. UConn

Facing off against a conference rival, Evans put up 21 points, four rebounds and snagged two steals.

For Next Year

I believe that Evans is the most talented guy the Bearcats have had since Sean Kilpatrick and I really think he will show that to the country next season. He will be an upper classman and will take on more of a leadership type of role. My prediction is that he win the Conference Player of the Year award in the American. He has all the talent and skill in the world, he just has to really focus on using it. Evans is a stud, people, and next year will be a big one for him.