Ballboy Hype presents the “I Got Next” series featuring stories on highly touted freshman across the country that will be suiting up for their first season of high school basketball. With many freshman looking to lead their teams and play significant roles during their first year, we look forward to bringing recognition to these young talents. Feel free to let us know in the comments section on what freshman you think should be featured next week and be sure to follow @ballboyhype on Twitter and Instagram.
In an era today where freshman hoop stars are recognized even before they reach high school, college coaches have taken the initiative to make their presence known to the young “pups.” Baltimore’s Che Evans — a 6’6 highly touted freshman out of Dulaney High School — is one of those newcomers who college coaches have already noted on their recruiting boards.
The athletic wing has picked up national attention over the summer playing in the Nike EYBL league with Team Melo, where he could be seen killing competition regularly on various Youtube videos. “Being in the EYBL circuit, you play against all the top Nike programs and everyone was coming right at me because they seen all of my Youtube videos,” said Evans. “But I brought my competitiveness and my A-game every time.”
Evans’ overall performance throughout the summer led him to picking up his first offer from Chris Mullin St. John’s program back in July. Once school had began and the buzz picked up after the Johnnies offer, Evans seen himself adding two more offers from Georgia Tech and UNLV along with interest from many other high major schools. One local school, Maryland, has also been in contact with the stud, adding that he has taken visits to the school and hears from them often. “I met coach Turg, and had a chance to visit the campus where everyone made me feel welcome. Coach Turg has also stop to my school’s open gym to watch me play.”
With the high school basketball season less than a month away, Evans is looking to step up to the plate and lead Dulaney — something he has been waiting for some time now. Unlike many freshman that are just hoping to see some playing time during their first year, Evans has high expectations for himself and already has some specific goals in mind. “I’m looking to averaged 20 and 10 my first year and I want to make All-Metro as well. I believe that will make a statement in my freshman campaign.”
Last week, Evans participated in the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph camp where he competed against some of the top underclassmen in the Mid-Atlantic region and was selected to play in the Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game. Coming into Pangos, Evans revealed that he has heard much about the camp and that his main goal was to come out and prove himself against his peers. “I came in motivated and looking for whoever the best is in my class so I could prove myself. Playing against and watching guys like Cole Anthony and Bryce Wills was just motivating because how hard they work.”
Regarded as one of the top freshman in the country, Evans has excelled on the court due to his skillset and athleticism on the court. Although he may be asked to guard multiple positions at the high school level, Evans see himself as a natural shooting guard in college. It is no wonder that the freshman has been in the gym working working tremendously on his ball-handling and shooting skills. “I’ve definitely been working hard on my three-point shot. I get 500 shots in every morning before I go to school, to prepare.”
With all of the “hype” Evans been getting, his father — Che Sr. — has been enjoying the process as well while keeping his son grounded. From various tournaments and camps to school visits, his father has been there every moment with his son, often interacting with everyone his son comes into contact with. “Its been amazing, said his father. “I stay on him a lot to make sure he is in the gym, getting good grades, praying and making sure he is working hard.”
Che Sr. says the biggest advice that he is been preaching to his son is that he must continue to work hard because there is most likely someone out there working harder than him. “I always tell him if there is someone working out once a day, then he has to work out twice a day. I also tell him that he must keep improving his game all-around, because he is still growing and he must adjust.”
Dulaney will open the season up against Friends School of Baltimore on December 5th at 5:30pm.