St. Michael the Archangel guard Jacob Evans committed to the University of Cincinnati and plans to sign with the Bearcats next month during the NCAA’s early signing period.
“We feel like this is just a great fit for Jacob,” SMHS coach Drew Hart said. “He’s taken four of his five official visits and I met with him and his mother to discuss the options over the weekend.
“He narrowed it down to South Carolina and Cincinnati — both great choices. Jacob said liked the coaching staff at Cincinnati and fit in with players already there real well. Now he can concentrate on his senior season.”
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Evans saw his recruiting stock rise steadily over the summer, thanks to strong performances in camps and on the AAU circuit. He is considered to be the state’s No. 2 senior prospect behind another local player, Madison Prep’s Brandon Sampson.
Evans averaged 17.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.5 steals last season while playing point guard for the Class 4A Warriors as a junior. Hart said Evans will take on a shooting guard role in 2014-15 after playing point guard for three seasons.
“You know (Evans) just turned 17 a couple of months ago,” Hart said. “His best basketball is ahead of him. They are getting a player who is going to grow and get better.”
Division II volleyball showdown
Central (17-7, 7-0) travels to St. Michael for a crucial Division II, District 4 contest set for 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Wildcats of coach Michele LeBouef have won nine straight, including a first-round win over the Warriors.
“I feel like we’re in a good place right now,” LeBouef said. “We’re very evenly matched in that both teams share some of the same qualities.
“We have to cut down on unforced errors. The team that can bounce back from mistakes the quickest is going to have an advantage.”
Rivals sharing dinner
It’s no secret that players from rival football schools also are friends who sometimes socialize off the field. The Dunham School and Episcopal are set to take that to a new level Thursday night when the two teams share a pre-game meal at Dunham.
Dunham assistant coach Calob Leindecker, a former Parkview Baptist player, will be among the featured speakers. Leindecker, who lost part of a leg in a nonfootball related accident, won the high school Rudy Award for overcoming adversity as a high school senior.
The teams play their District 6-2A game at 7 p.m. Friday at Dunham’s stadium located off Siegen Lane.
The ties that bind
The Dunham School’s first-year head football coach Neil Weiner may be a bit of a mystery most Episcopal players. That’s not the case for EHS senior center Daniel Rieger, who served as the ring bearer in Weiner’s wedding as a 4-year-old.
Weiner’s wife, Whitney, was a caregiver for the Rieger family while she was an LSU student. She also helped Daniel Rieger with word pronunciations and other linguistics.
- Former Zachary High and Silliman Institute coach Marvin Holland has been working as an assistant to one of his former ZHS players, Robb Odom, at West Feliciana High this fall.
Odom has enjoyed the experience and noted that Holland has grandchildren/great-grandchildren in the WFHS program.