Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans has decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft, and doesn’t plan to withdraw his name before May’s deadline, reports Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated (Twitter link). Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports confirms that Evans intends to sign with an agent, which would mean forgoing his remaining NCAA eligibility.
“I am going to enter the 2017 NBA Draft,” Evans said in a statement to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. “I want to thank everyone at OSU. This was a tough decision. OSU will forever be in my heart.”
After averaging 12.9 PPG and 4.9 APG in his freshman year at Oklahoma State, Evans made major strides in his sophomore season, bumping those averages to 19.2 PPG and 6.4 APG. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress views Evans as a top-40 prospect for 2017, placing the young guard 38th on his big board. Evans ranks 57th on Chad Ford’s big board at ESPN.com.
According to Rothstein, many draft experts believe Evans could come off the board in the late first round or early second round in this year’s draft.