St. Michael the Archangel guard Jacob Evans has committed to Cincinnati _lowres


St. Michael the Archangel guard Jacob Evans has 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 liked the coaching staff at Cincinnati and felt like he 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 he (Evans) just turned 17 a couple of months ago,” Hart said. “His best basketball is ahead of him. They (Cincinnati) are getting a player who is going to grow and get better.”