The Golden State Warriors selected Jacob Evans with the 28th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Evans played three years for the Cincinnati Bearcats, averaging just under 12 points a game.
During his tenure, Evans became an AAC First Team Selection and was a top 10 finalist for the Small Forward of the Year Award.
He led the Bearcats in scoring and assists last season. Cincinnati tied a school record with 31 wins. Evans was also stellar on the defensive side of the ball, ranking top 10 in both blocks (1.0) and steals (1.3) in the AAC.
Evans finishes his Bearcats career shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc which ranks 5th in school history. He played both guard positions and small forward for his school.
“My game can adapt to different settings on the basketball court. I think they like a player who could do that so I just tried to show my competitive toughness,” Evans said during his draft workout with the Warriors.
The 21-year-old adds depth to the Golden State backcourt. He can defend multiple positions and hits the open jumper. He also gives Golden State someone who can attack the basket and get to the free-throw line.
It’s easy to say that a team that’s coming off of back to back championships doesn’t need to do anything in the offseason, but the Warriors are sending a message with this selection.
Nick Young is almost all but gone from the team. Patrick McCaw will have some competition for minutes off the bench. The 6’6 Evans can be a player that contributes right away. The Warriors have made it clear they draft players who spend time in school, are well coached and can come into help right away.
During his pre-draft workouts, Evans said he can be one of the best two-way players in the league. His confidence is there and it’s a skill that’s needed when you play on a team that’ll be attacked every single night.
The Warriors drafted the ideal player to fit their team.
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