Earlier today, Juwan Evans made known his intentions to forgo a junior season to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. The 6-foot point guard announced the decision days after first-year head coach Brad Underwood unexpectedly parted ways with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Presenting a handful of skills, how early could Evans name be removed from the draft board?
Currently projected as a fringe first round pick by DraftExpress, Evans averaged 19.2 points alongside 6.4 assists as a sophomore. The effort helped the Cowboys earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. However, it’s the strength and ability to maneuver inside the lane that should intrigue most scouts. Time and time again, Evans proved capable of forcing defenses to collapse. From there natural decision making kicks in allowing the guard to score amongst the trees or find an open shooter just outside the perimeter.
Sure, Evans presents a challenge on both ends of the court with a certain level of quickness. But, his size remains a concern moving forward. A majority of elite point guards currently playing the NBA stand at 6-3 or taller. Yet, others like Kyle Lowry and Chris Paul have found success at the next level as “undersized” point guards.
The NBA Draft is set to take place on June 22nd with the location yet to be determined.