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Jacob Evans

Cincinnati
  • Born: 6/18/97 
  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Draft Eligibility: 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • High School: St. Michael the Archangel High School (Louisiana)

Strengths

  • Prototypical 3&D wing prospect. Well built at 6’6, 210.
  • Young for a junior. Will only have just turned 21 at time of draft.
  • High-level shooter. Shot 41.8% from three on almost five attempts per game last season. Comfortable shooting from deep off-catch or pulling-up. Good hesitation pull-up.
  • Smart decision maker for a wing. 2.1 A/TO ratio. Plays within offense and doesn’t force things.
  • Solid athlete. Moves well on perimeter and has some explosion jumping off two feet.
  • Good defender who picks up steals and blocks because he knows how to be in the right place. Strong frame allows him to contain penetration.

Weaknesses / Questions

  • Not a driver or creator. Handle is somewhat high and he doesn’t have the burst to get in the lane consistently.
  • Can he do anything offensively other than hit catch and shoot threes? Not an off-screens shooter at this stage.
  • Good not great athlete at college level. Below average for an NBA wing.
  • Doesn’t have the quickness to pressure up on guys on defense. Relies on his strength to wall opponents off.

Bottom Line

Evans doesn’t do one thing at an elite level and is limited outside of a strictly 3&D role, but 3&D players are in high enough demand he could still be a first round pick. A smart player who plays his role. If he can add shooting off-screens to his repertoire he will be in high demand.

— J.Z. Mazlish, 11.1.17

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