Jawun Evans profile
Drafted #39 in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Clippers
RCSI: 26 (2015)
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Position: PG
High School: Justin F. Kimball High School (Texas)
Hometown: Simpsonville, SC
College: Oklahoma St
Current Team: Wroclaw
Win - Loss: 11 - 10
Jawun Evans 2017 NBA Draft Scouting Video - Strengths


Jawun Evans Pro Day Workout and Interview

Matt McGann
Matt McGann
Jun 11, 2017, 04:03 am
Jawun Evans is interviewed following his workout at Impact Basketball at the ASM Sports Pro Day in Las Vegas.

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Jawun Evans NBA Draft Scouting Report and Video Analysis

Josh Riddell
Josh Riddell
Julian Applebome
Julian Applebome
Apr 10, 2017, 01:27 pm
Scouting Report by Josh Riddell. Video Analysis by Julian Applebome

Jawun Evans led one of the most impressive turnarounds in college basketball this season at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys won six more Big 12 conference games than last season and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament under new coach Brad Underwood (now departed for Illinois), losing to Michigan in the opening round in a close game. After averaging 25.9 points and 8.8 assists per 40 minutes and being named to the Big 12 All-Conference First Team, and seeing his coach depart to the Big Ten, Evans decided to forego his final two years of eligibility and enter his name in the NBA Draft.

Measured at just under 6'0 at the 2016 Nike Basketball Academy, Evans is one of the smallest players in our top 100. While he isn't an exceptional overall athlete, he plays bigger than his size by using his strength to absorb contact, and his listed 6'4 wingspan to help hold his own against NBA athletes.

Oklahoma State ran a pick and roll heavy offense with 56.3% of Evans' total derived offensive possessions (which includes shots, passes, fouls drawn, and turnovers) ending as the pick and roll ball handler according to Synergy Sports Technology. He showed that he is comfortable attacking the ball screen in a variety of ways, whether by rejecting the screen to get into the lane or forcing a switch to attack a big man off the dribble. He gets into space with a creative change of pace and impressive downhill quickness to bend the defense, and he should be able to seamlessly make the transition to a NBA style offense as he led the most efficient offense in the country primarily through his pick and roll attack.

Evans has little trouble getting into the lane off the dribble but has struggled to score once he gets there as his 45.3% 2-point field goal percentage ranked fourth worst among NCAA prospects in our top-100. He isn't afraid to attack the basket and challenge rim protectors, but hasn't found much success finishing from close range at the college level, as he converted just 47% of his half-court attempts inside the paint last season according to Synergy Sports Technology. His lack of size and just decent explosiveness are major issues here, and is something he'll have to work to overcome in the NBA.

Evans has started to develop other ways to score inside the arc as a sophomore doing a better job of using his body to absorb contact, and getting to the line 7.9 times per 40 minutes last season, seventh among NCAA players in our top 100. He has also become more adept at using floaters over the top of shot blockers, making a solid 46.2% of his 104 runners logged by Synergy Sports Technology.

Evans still has room to improve as a 3-point shooter, something that will be a major key at the NBA level considering his size. He made an impressive 41% of his three point attempts at the college level, but didn't take a large volume of them, as under 20% of his overall field goal attempts came from beyond the arc. He converted only 35% of the overall 163 jump shots logged by Synergy Sports Technology with the majority of these attempts being off the dribble shots (where he shot a respectable 38.7% on 111 attempts). His mechanics do not need a complete overhaul but he will need some tweaks to his form to be a respected shooter at the next level and be able to attack the defense in multiple ways. Most notably, he needs to do better at getting on balance on his pull-ups as he tends to sway sideways which hurts his accuracy, while also cleaning up his release point to create a more consistent shooting form. Evans' size will always be somewhat of a hindrance in terms of getting his shot off, so anything he can do to improve his accuracy will be beneficial considering how important this part of his game will be at the NBA level.

Evans is more than just a scoring point guard as he recorded 8.8 assists per 40 minutes, tops among NCAA players in our top 100. He can make all the right passes on the move to get his teammates involved and has a good feel for the game to decide when to pass and when to look for his own offense. Due to his size, Evans can get into trouble in traffic which can lead to turnovers. Evans is poised on the ball but will need to learn to play smarter against NBA defenders to limit his turnovers.

Evans will likely always be at a disadvantage defensively because of his physical tools but he does bring some nice things to the table that could help him contribute on that end. He is tough minded defensively and won't be pushed around easily with his strong frame. He works hard on the ball, moving his feet well to pressure his opponent and has quick hands and long arms (6'4 wingspan) to generate 2.3 steals per 40 minutes.

While he tries to make it as difficult as possible for his man leading up to the catch, opponents have an easy time shooting over him as they can catch and shoot over his closeouts or rise above him on pull-ups. He also doesn't have the elite lateral quickness and long strides needed to stay in front of dribble penetration and he lacks a high level of defensive upside and versatility that could prevent him from being a two-way contributor as a starter.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Evans will hope to join a list of six foot and under point guards who heard their name called on draft night including Tyler Ulis, Kay Felder, Isaiah Thomas, andShane Larkin among others. These types of players have an uphill to make an impact at the next level, but there is a strong precedent for success that Evans will be looking to replicate.

Evans' intangibles will go a long way in helping him, as he's universally lauded for his character and work ethic, which is often the difference maker in players in his mold.

Matchup Video: Melo Trimble vs Jawun Evans

Julian Applebome
Julian Applebome
Dec 09, 2016, 03:06 pm
Julian Applebome analyzes the head to head point guard matchup between Maryland's Melo Trimble and Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans, from an NBA Draft perspective.

The two highly touted point guards did not see very many possessions matched up with each other unfortunately, as both coaches preferred to keep their star ball-handlers out of foul trouble and well-rested for their important playmaking responsibilities. Still, there were a couple of interesting things to take away from this matchup.

While Evans may have gotten the upper hand in the boxscore with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 turnovers on 7/17 shooting from the floor, it was Trimble (13 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 turnovers, 4/12 FG) who came away with the win in the final seconds of the game.

Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big 12, Part Seven: Prospects 10-13

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Kyle Nelson
Kyle Nelson
Josh Riddell
Josh Riddell
Sep 27, 2016, 12:12 pm
Jonathan Givony

Oklahoma State is coming off a highly disappointing season, going 3-15 in-conference play, leading to the dismissal of head coach Travis Ford and hiring of Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood.

The lone bright spot for the Cowboys was freshman Jawun Evans, who was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year while also receiving an All-Conference Honorable Mention nod. Evans' season ended prematurely due to a shoulder injury, causing him to miss the last 11 games of the year, with his team going 1-10 in his absence.

A McDonald's All-American in high school, Evans scored a solid 19 points per-40 pace adjusted last season on solid efficiency (58% TS%) while posting some of the best passing metrics in the country (certainly among freshmen) at 7.2 assists per-40.

Standing around 6'0 in shoes, Evans is not an exceptional athlete to compensate for his lack of height, but does sport a chiseled frame and fairly long arms (6'4 wingspan) that allows him to play slightly bigger than his size. He handles the ball on a string and has an innate ability to operate at different speeds, which blends well with his strong basketball instincts and tough, unselfish style of play.

Evans saw the majority of his offense pushing the ball in transition or operating on the pick and roll. His strong ball-handling skills, crafty footwork, shiftiness and willingness to drive deep into the paint gives him nice potential in that area. He's a willing and creative passer who uses both sides of the court nicely and does a good job of kicking the ball to open shooters as the floor opens up on his drives. He shows a nice command of making many of the basic passes high level point guards need to have in their arsenal to run a team effectively, showing nice touch and timing on his feeds, which helps him compensate somewhat for his lack of size.

The fact that he was able to post such gaudy assist totals, while not being surrounded by a great deal of talent by Big 12 standards, is a testament to his ability to make plays for others. Scouts will want to see how Evans' decision making skills evolve as a sophomore, as he had some careless moments with the ball last year, a reflection of his lack of experience, which is normal for his age.

As a scorer, Evans is a mixed bag at this stage. He proved to be somewhat of a reluctant jump-shooter as a freshman, far preferring to drive right into the teeth of the defense or find the open man. The problem is that he doesn't have great size, and also isn't an incredibly explosive finisher, which causes issues for him in converting plays in traffic, despite his toughness and aggressiveness driving into contact. While he has some shiftiness to him, the fact that he isn't blessed with an elite first step makes it difficult for him to create the separation he needs from defenders to get clean looks off at the rim. Evans converted just 50/109 (46%) of his half-court field goal attempts inside the paint last season according to Synergy Sports Technology, and similarly struggled in transition as well. This could likely become even more of an issue as he moves up a level, where the big men are far more talented the ones he'll face in college.

Developing his ability to make shots from the perimeter will likely be a big key moving forward for that reason. Only 57 of Evans' 283 points (20%) came from beyond the arc last year, as the 3-pointer simply wasn't a major part of his game. He did make 47.5% of his 3-point attempts last year, but attempted less than two per game. He actually shows some potential in this area, though, as he has natural touch and shooting mechanics, as well as the ability to make jumpers both with his feet set and off the dribble, which leaves a lot of room for optimism in this area. The fact that he shot 83% from the free throw line is encouraging as well.

Like many young players, Evans is still working on becoming more consistent with this part of his game, as he has a tendency to kick his legs out or contort his body sideways unnecessarily on many of his attempt, leading to poor balance. He sometimes holds the ball for too long and in turn shoots his jumper on the way down as well.

Defensively, Evans shows nice competitiveness, strong fundamentals, and didn't appear to use his outsized role on offense as an excuse to take plays off on the other end of the floor. He has some peskiness to him and likes to get up on shooters and use his length to his advantage on the perimeter. His toughness is reflected in the amount of charges he takes each game, as well as the excellent 6.4 rebounds he averaged per-40 minutes, which is a huge rate for someone his size. He gets in the passing lanes at a nice rate as well.

With that said, Evans still has work to do on this end of the floor as well. He doesn't have elite lateral quickness, and wasn't immune from getting blown by off the dribble at times last year. He also will fall asleep at times in his stance off the ball when his teammate appears to be out of the play, losing his focus and making him a target for backscreens or cuts.

Evans had a strong freshman season, accentuated by the 42 points he put up in a narrow loss to Oklahoma, a team that eventually went on to make the Final Four. With the Big 12 seemingly taking a step back this season, having lost quite a bit of talent to graduation and the NBA Draft, it will be interesting to see whether Evans is able to lead his team to more success. Will he have enough help around him to do so?

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