At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Myles Evans of Ravenscroft and NC Empire.
Injuries are typically an unavoidable thing but can potentially derail a prospect’s recruitment, whether justified or not. Right now, Evans is working to prove to Division I coaches that he still has everything necessary to succeed at their level. In all honesty, he’s looked even better than before over these last few months and could easily be a strong contributor for a variety of different programs. Evans has transitioned from a low-post-only player to a guy that can just about do it all on offense. He spaces the floor, can work within two to three dribbles, and still scores out of the post at an efficient rate. Evans displays a quality two-way feel for the game and runs the floor effectively in transition.
We’ve seen Evans various times since returning from injury, most notably after his impressive showing at our Eastern North Carolina camp, where we stated: “Finishing up, we look at a player that had an extremely impressive offensive showing at camp, Myles Evans. He’s a smart, strong-bodied big man that looked the most fluid and reliable since returning from injury. Evans has always displayed touch and utilized his size around the basket, but his newfound versatility and ability to knock down perimeter jumpers with regularity was excellent. He rebounded well and pushed the pace whenever possible in transition while showing his ability to handle the ball at times. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a true matchup problem for most opposing big men. Coach Lindell on Evans: “Myles has tremendous upside with awesome physical and mental basketball attributes. Recovering from ailments, Myles still has flashes of dominance in the post and when he steps out to shoot the three-pointer. He’s a strong passer that handles the ball well with either hand. He needs to heal, get stronger and in-game shape, and the talent will take over. Myles is a DI talent.” Evans was unstoppable at times and was awarded with the co-MVP award for his phenomenal play, certainly making him one to watch during the upcoming season.”
After coming back better than before from his knee injury, it’s surprising to see no schools trying to get involved. He received an offer from Hampton back in 2017 but has seen little traction since. Evans has expanded his offensive arsenal and truly has all the tools necessary to be a useful building block for Division I schools. Only time will tell, but Evans is certainly a scholarship-worthy prospect.