Evans Applies For 2009 NBA Draft
April 20, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis freshman Tyreke Evans announced Monday that he submitted his paperwork to the NBA office, declaring for the league's 2009 draft. Evans still has three years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
"I am pursuing what has been a dream of mine for a long time, and that is to play some day in the NBA," said Evans. "I am thankful to Coach (Josh) Pastner and my family and friends for their support.
"I am putting my name in the draft and see what happens. I will attend some workouts and see what feedback I receive. Once I have all the information available to me, I will sit down with my family and talk about what's the next step to take - either to remain in the NBA Draft or return for another season of college basketball here at Memphis."
Evans was the 2008-09 consensus National Freshman of the Year, receiving the same accolade from ESPN.com, U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), The Sporting News, CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com and CollegeHoops.net. Evans is the first freshman in Tiger basketball history to earn consensus National Freshman of Year distinction. Evans was also named to five Freshman All-America squads by NaismithLives.com, The Sporting News, CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com and CollegeHoops.net.
CollegeHoops.net also named Evans its High-Major National Player of the Year and selected him a High-Major All-America first team pick. The web site's High-Major group includes the following conferences - Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Western Athletic and West Coast. The Chester, Pa., native was a CollegeHoops.net National All-America honorable mention pick.
"Like I said to Shawn (Taggart) last week, I told Tyreke to go after his dream, and that is to play at the highest level - the NBA," said Memphis head coach Josh Pastner. "Tyreke is a talented and gifted player, and I support him 100 percent with his decision to enter his name in the NBA Draft. If there is anything I can do to help him in pursuit of his dream, I've told him that I will be there to assist him."
Evans was a finalist for the 2008-09 Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy - both National Player of the Year honors. He was the only freshman to be listed among the finalists for both awards.
The awards kept rolling in during the final month of the regular season for the 6-foot-6 guard. Evans was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year and earned All-C-USA first team accolades. Evans was also selected to the USBWA All-District 4 Team and the NABC All-District 11 first team. Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com also named Evans an All-America third team pick. He was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection and was picked to the NCAA Tournament All-West Region squad.
Evans, the 2009 C-USA Tournament MVP, led the Tigers in scoring (17.1 ppg) and steals (77). He averaged 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The nine-time Conference USA Rookie of the Week finished the 2008-09 season ranked among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, assists and steals.
He finished 2008-09 first on the Memphis all-time freshman steals list with 77 swipes (eighth-most on the Tiger career list). He was also second on the Tiger all-time freshman scoring chart with 632 points.