Star guard shoots down rumor

Word is Tyreke Evans committed to Louisville. Not so, he says.

Posted: June 28, 2007

Only Tyreke Evans knows for sure where he's headed for college.

But that hasn't stopped every two-bit Internet "insider" from claiming he has the goods on the American Christian blue chip senior-to-be.

The latest rumor that has the recruiting Web sites and message boards aflutter is that Evans has orally committed to Louisville.

Evans, one of the most coveted recruits ever from Southeastern Pennsylvania, said that couldn't be any further from the truth.

"I have a pretty good idea why it got started," said Evans, a 6-foot-5 guard from Chester. "It's because of Samardo Samuels."

A 6-9 power forward from St. Benedict's, N.J., Samuels stunned the recruiting world when he gave Cardinals coach Rick Pitino a solid commitment last week. Samuels, a five-star prospect like Evans, was considered to be North Carolina-bound.

The even bigger surprise in the Evans household was when Samuels told the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., that his good friend Evans was following him to the Bluegrass State.

"From what [Evans] told me," Samuels was quoted as saying, "he's pretty much down."

Evans has paid an unofficial visit to Louisville and lists it among his top eight schools, but he isn't anywhere near to making a decision.

"I'm not even close," said Evans. "I'll wait until the summer is over and I've taken all my visits."

Evans believes that will be around October, right before the Eagles start a long, traveling, prep-school schedule. Until then, Evans will attempt to narrow his list. Right now it reads: Louisville, North Carolina, Villanova, Connecticut, Memphis, Texas, Florida and Georgia Tech.

Reggie Evans, Tyreke's older brother and guardian, said there isn't a leader. He conceded that Louisville, now in the Big East, has certain perks.

"You look at the school, the coach - Rick Pitino is legendary - and the conference," Reggie Evans said. "They speak for themselves."

The Evans family has long favored the Tar Heels, though. Aside from the program's success, Tyreke Evans has cited having family nearby as a reason to attend North Carolina. But coach Roy Williams has yet to offer a scholarship, giving Louisville a slight edge, according to the younger Evans.

Louisville, Connecticut and Villanova have offered scholarships.

Last week, Evans left for the junior national team tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo. From there, he traveled to Santa Ana, Calif., for Nike's Kobe Bryant Skill Camp. And from today until Saturday, the 17-year-old will take part in tryouts for the USA Basketball under-19 world championship team in Dallas.

Evans is the youngest invitee, and if he makes the team, he will head to Novi Sad, Serbia, from July 12 to July 22 for the FIBA Under-19 World Championship.

"It's a great challenge," Evans said. "If I go to Serbia, great. If I don't, the summer is still going to be great."

Also on the docket are August trips to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the Michael Jordan Camp and to Brazil with the 17-and-under Adidas National Team.


Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745 or jmclane@phillynews.com.

 

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