Watch: Jawun Evans Breakdown is Awesome

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Jawun Evans participated in the NBA Combine last week where he measured as having the longest wingspan in Combine history for somebody under 6’5. He spoke about how his size has been a benefit to him over the course of his career because it has encouraged him to work harder than he probably would have.

“The things I’ve been through in my lifetime, I’ve kind of a chip on my shoulder with people telling me I’m small,” he told reporters. “I just kept working and got my foot in the door and that’s how I got here.”

He also noted what teams that interviewed him are looking for.

“They told me they’d like me to be more outgoing,” he told reporters. “Talk more and be more talkative. I’ve been working on that since I’ve been growing up. As I get older in age, I feel I’m getting more talkative and be more outgoing. It’s coming along.”

Lastly — cover your eyes — he spoke glowingly about Brad Underwood.

“He was a great coach to me,” Evans told the Chicago Tribune. “He pushed me every day to be the best I can be. He stayed on me. We worked hard in practice. We didn’t have days off. We stayed in the weight room. He put that energy into us and we fed it back to him.”

“I think he’ll do real good (at Illinois),” Evans added. “He changed our team around. The teams he’s been at have been great. They have (a great season) coming up.”

Evans, as most potential first rounders do, got the Draft Express treatment in film breakdown as well. They went through each of his strengths and weakness, and I have to say the entire thing is mesmerizing.

It’s easy to lose sight of just how good Evans was on a micro level when you’re thinking more macro in May. He made some plays off picks and rolls and in the open floor that are just unbelievable. Draft Express breaks them down.

The thing that struck me most as I watched the video — and as I watched him in Stillwater — is how high his hoops IQ was (and is). I know that doesn’t matter if you don’t have the physical tools, but when you pair it with somebody who has the tools Jawun possesses, it could really translate professionally. With Evans, I think it’s probably going to depend on fit and situation when he gets to the NBA.

Will he go to a team that is able to really leverage his mind and his offensive prowess? Or will he land on a team that’s just going to try and turn him into something he’s not? Hopefully we get the former outcome rather than the latter, but if we don’t, we’ll at least always have those two outrageously good college seasons.


  • Pistols Fired!!

    Good luck to Jawun!! To be honest, I still do not see the hype in Marcus Smart. Even with the Celtics, he seems to do as much harm as good while on the floor. I am a Jawun fan just as I am of James Anderson & Markel Brown, to name a couple. Give ’em all you got… GO POKES!!!

    • Guest

      You must not watch very many Celtics games cause if you did he does much more good. He’s known as one of the best defenders in the league at his position. Considering I live in Boston, fans love him here. The hype is real and I’d take him over jawun simply cause of his defense and ability to knock down clutch shots. Jawun defense will be a liability in the NBA

      • Pistols Fired!!

        I always root for the non-divas… 😉 sorry…

    • PonchoPete

      don’t see the hype in one of the guys making a huge impact on the eastern conference playoffs but a fan of two of the guys that couldnt break through in the nba? got it

      • Pistols Fired!!

        I always root for the non-divas… 😉

        • PonchoPete

          hate to break it to you but all million dollar athletes are divas, especially in a star driven league like the nba

          • Pistols Fired!!

            I hate to break it to you, but I rarely interest myself in the “million dollar athletes” (I am relatively certain that you meant to refer to multi-million dollar athletes… but being so obviously uninformed as you seem to think that I am, who am I to judge, I will leave that to you.) I do root for the Ivan McFarlins of the world… even the Tony Allens. The ‘Jordans’ need no additional fans. I so regret that you found so much exception with my comment, but if you want to break anything to me, you must first demonstrate at a minimum the level of intelligent thought required to capitalize and punctuate… otherwise, you aren’t going to be breaking anything to me, so you need not hate it.

          • Hal

            So is Marcus Smart officially a former OSU cowboy or are the people on here still saying he wasn’t…im still confused. Can we please get a poll going

          • Pistols Fired!!

            I am not sure to what you are referring, but yes, to my knowledge, Marcus IS a former Cowboy. I witnessed him in black and orange doing great and not-so-great things on the Eddie Sutton court. However, my take is not ‘official’… If you are the pollster, please put my vote in the appropriate category.

          • Hal

            Still confused, you cheer him on at OSU but don’t root for him to be successful in the NBA. Cowboy family sticks together, or so I thought.

          • Pistols Fired!!

            Once again, you read more than I posted. Your confusion is self inflicted and apparently easily achieved. I simply stated that I do not see justification of all of his ‘hype’… from McDonald’s All-American to lottery pick. Make no mistake he is a gifted ball player, much more so than I ever was, but I see him as above average in the NBA and he often displays an attitude that reflects poorly on himself… and subsequently his team at the time and whatever of his journey that he values.
            At NO time did I indicate that I begrudge him success… or say that he is not a former Cowboy. I simply stated that I don’t see the value that so many others do. Perhaps you can ease your easily-acquired confusion by paying my comments as little regard as I am now paying yours.

          • Hal

            I’m still confused how does an above average player help a team get number 1 seed in East and be a big part of leading them to the Eastern conference finals. Seems to be living up to the hype. Also you don’t see value, is that as a person or a player? You keep flip flopping.

          • Pistols Fired!!

            Quite the contrary, I remain the course despite your constant rewordings, confusion, asinine assumptions and obvious sentiment that all should agree with Your Highness and his feelings toward Marcus. If clearing the confusion of those who seek to emphasize their own self importance were of any importance to me, this conversation wouldn’t be drying up as fast as it is. I can live with your take on Marcus in the universe and, despite your moronic attempts to the contrary, you have little choice but to live with mine.

          • Hal

            you’re confusing me even more. Are you a poet or are you just trying to sound very sophisticated for an Okie?

          • James

            Mike Conley is a diva? Evidence please or STFU.

          • PonchoPete

            well he did just take the highest paid contract in nba history before making an all star team instead of taking a pay cut to allow his team more cap space to attract other top level players, that is usually a diva characteristic

          • Hal

            Marcus Smart played for free at OSU sources tell me he would do the same in NBA too if he was allowed

          • spokepokes

            Lol no

          • Hal

            Smart Loves the game, some people love bashing the kid from their basements. Share the Love Hillary 2020

          • PonchoPete

            Love Trumps Hate 2020

  • OKST1990

    Juwan is going to be a great player in the NBA. He’s got the skills, quickness and the heart which will overcome the height issue. K Porter was wrong about Marcus Smart – the dude is a baller and will play in the NBA for a very long time. Don’t understand why anyone who is a Pokes fan would be routing for Marcus to fail. I guess to prove they were right about their opinion? Just goes to show that bloggers and opinion posters don’t always know as much as they think they know.

    • Pistols Fired!!

      In my instance, if that is to what you refer, I am NOT rooting against Marcus… I just don’t share the love of his play. I also don’t concern myself with an inability to understand from anyone. I understand and even respect your opinion and stance even if not parallel to my own.

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  • Philo Farnsworth

    It’s still a mistake… He could’ve played himself into a lottery position with another year in college… It would’ve guaranteed Jawun a career in the NBA instead of a shot… Sadly he’ll be playing in a foreign league in a couple of years,,, I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not… Someone either gave this kid bad information or his basketball IQ is his only sign of intelligence…

    • Pistols Fired!!

      Ouch… might not be wrong, but still… ouch!!

      • Philo Farnsworth

        Yeah It’s unfortunate that the truth is as harsh as it sounds. It’s not my intention as I’m a big fan of Jawun, and hope that he’s successful, its just I can’t find ONE SINGLE positive for him entering the draft this year vs all of the positives of him waiting… Just look at the class of point guards going this year and forget every other upside to staying…

        • kulglw

          I agree. Jawun was an outstanding player at OSU, but he is not physically strong and is not a great jumper. He would have greatly benefited from one more year in college.

    • PonchoPete

      it doesnt work that way. What more can he prove? Yeah he could come back and become a more efficient scorer but hes not growing anymore and GMs draft younger guys they will have control over for more years. There will always be he next group of young prospects coming out of high school everyone is high on and hes not guaranteed a long NBA career because of a high draft pick.

      • Philo Farnsworth

        Becoming a better shooter would be huge(watch the video below for why)!!! Not taking so many plays off on defense would help, because he can defend when he wants to… Being on a team that would have great potential for success and would only raise his stock, not to mention we would expect his continued growth to mean better personal results… All of this only helps him… The difference of investment in a player from lottery to POSSIBLY the end of the 1st rd has a huge impact on the career lengths of most NBA players… That being said, 3rd, & 4th rounders have had great careers, but most posses different skill sets…

        • austinpoke

          There are only 2 rounds in the NBA draft.

          • Philo Farnsworth

            Okay undrafted free agents?

        • Hal

          You are right. The projected number 1 overall pick this year played at Washington. Playing on a good team raises stock so much, he played so good in the NCAA tournament this year. He should have been Final 4 MVP. Also correct me if i’m wrong but the number 1 pick last year Ben Simmons also did not lead LSU to the NCAA tournament either. Crazy good teams always pump out number 1 picks

    • Hal

      Or maybe he wanted to go pro and make money….might have been a childhood dream of his to play in the NBA. Who knows maybe he just wants to get his foot in the door and gamble on himself to play in the NBA. I think he is the first person to do that in any professional sport I believe

      • Philo Farnsworth

        We’ll see… I use a crystal ball like all reasonable fortune tellers… You made no argument to the benefit of leaving this year vs all the positives to waiting… Your comment is pointless…

        Actually reading down the list of comments ALL of yours are pointless… You’re apparently attempting to be a smart Azz while obviously lacking the credentials…

        • Hal

          Yeah all people who comment on blogs should have to show credentials for any input of an opinion. Agree so much. Not facts but things to take into account for a kid leaving a year early of college: maybe he hates school and just wants to play basketball. Unheard of really all kids go to college for school first, I know right. Or maybe if he tears his ACL next year his career could be over without getting financially benefited from years and years of working on a craft. Unreal really. Or maybe he doesn’t give 2 sh its about what you think, never has, and never will, and if he wants to go to the NBA now as opposed to next year, well he can.

  • Hal

    Wow he looks faster than tyreek in that full court sprint…and 8 reps at 185 very very very impressive

  • StillOriginal

    Marcus Smart was the x factor in the series vs. Washington.