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Evans finalist for Small Forward of the Year
http://gobearcats.com/news/2018/2/7/mens...award.aspx

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati junior swingman Jacob Evans III (Baton Rouge, La./St. Michael the Archangel HS) has been named a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

Named after Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA All-Star Julius Erving, the annual honor in its fourth year recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men's college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 21 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10.

The versatile Evans averages a team-high 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks for sixth-ranked Cincinnati (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic Conference).

Evans entered Wednesday ranked among the league leaders in nine categories: three-point field goal percentage (sixth at .411), steals (eighth at 1.4), assist-to-turnover ratio (ninth at 1.8); assists (11th at 3.4), free throw percentage (11th at .794), blocks (13th at 1.1), three-pointers made (14th at 1.8) and minutes played (21st at 30.9).

Evans has scored in double figures in 21 games this season, including 18 of the last 20 contests. He currently ranks 41st in school history with 1,093 career points.

Evans has been named The American's Player of the Week twice this season (Dec. 18, 2017 and Jan. 8, 2018). Most recently, he hit a buzzer beater at Temple (Jan. 4) and scored a game-high 18 points against SMU (Jan. 7) to earn the honor on Jan. 8. Earlier this season, he netted a season-high 24 points with four threes against Mississippi State (Dec. 12) and had 16 points with four threes at UCLA (Dec. 16) to claim the honor on Dec. 18.

On Monday Evans was tabbed to The American's Weekly Honor Roll after averaging a team-high 18.5 points with 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 92.9 percent (13 of 14) from the free throw line in a pair of victories

// JULIUS ERVING SMALL FORWARD OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST
Kelan Martin, Butler
Jacob Evans III, Cincinnati
Gary Trent Jr., Duke
Kevin Knox, Kentucky
Deng Adel, Louisville
Miles Bridges, Michigan St.
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio St.
Vincent Edwards, Purdue
Mikal Bridges, Villanova
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
 
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RE: Evans finalist for Small Forward of the Year
Thanks for posting. IMO, Evans compares pretty well with anyone on the rest of that list.
 
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RE: Evans finalist for Small Forward of the Year
Probably Keita Bates Diop's to lose at this point.
 
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RE: Evans finalist for Small Forward of the Year
(02-08-2018 08:49 AM)BearcatMan Wrote:  Probably Keita Bates Diop's to lose at this point.

Agree. I couldn't remember his name in another post but that guy is skilled and consistently very, very good.
 
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RE: Evans finalist for Small Forward of the Year
Great company for JE3. I sincerely hope he comes back next year and fine tunes his game.
 
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(02-08-2018 08:30 PM)Cal1362 Wrote:  Great company for JE3. I sincerely hope he comes back next year and fine tunes his game.

If he's offered guaranteed money in the NBA I couldn't in good conscience say stay, especially if he finishes helping UC complete a deep run in the 2018 Tournament. My hope would be that kind of performance in March would help attract another talented player to fill his shoes.

If he's gone, November will begin a major rebuild.
 
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(02-09-2018 11:11 AM)OKIcat Wrote:  
(02-08-2018 08:30 PM)Cal1362 Wrote:  Great company for JE3. I sincerely hope he comes back next year and fine tunes his game.

If he's offered guaranteed money in the NBA I couldn't in good conscience say stay, especially if he finishes helping UC complete a deep run in the 2018 Tournament. My hope would be that kind of performance in March would help attract another talented player to fill his shoes.

If he's gone, November will begin a major rebuild.

...I mean, we won't be a Final Four contender like this year, but I wouldn't call it a rebuild either. I think we could be a pretty good (6-9 seed) team next year.
 
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RE: Evans finalist for Small Forward of the Year
Mick still has 2 maybe 3 scholarships to fill, if he is able to bring a couple instant impact recruits it could make a difference. They recently offered Wendell Mitchell from Trinity CC, who could be a stud. He is averaging 21 ppg, 7 ast., 6 reb, and 3 stl for a top 10 JUCO program. I could see us anywhere to a 2-10 seed depending on what happens in recruiting and if JE3 stays.
 
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(02-08-2018 09:55 AM)UCGrad1992 Wrote:  
(02-08-2018 08:49 AM)BearcatMan Wrote:  Probably Keita Bates Diop's to lose at this point.

Agree. I couldn't remember his name in another post but that guy is skilled and consistently very, very good.

You guys are right, but Evans clearly belongs on that list.
 
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RE: Evans finalist for Small Forward of the Year
(02-10-2018 06:22 AM)Ring of Black Wrote:  
(02-08-2018 09:55 AM)UCGrad1992 Wrote:  
(02-08-2018 08:49 AM)BearcatMan Wrote:  Probably Keita Bates Diop's to lose at this point.

Agree. I couldn't remember his name in another post but that guy is skilled and consistently very, very good.

You guys are right, but Evans clearly belongs on that list.

Indeed! Deservedly so...
 
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