by Jamaar Hawkins, recruit757
Rice University sophomore Marcus Evans was named College Basketball Preseason Player of the Year by College Sports Madness recently.
Evans, a graduate of Cape Henry Collegiate, led all freshmen in scoring last season, finishing with 21.4 points per game. The 6-foot-2 guard also set a Conference USA freshman record with his season average. Fans of high school basketball in the Hampton Roads area are hardly surprised by the numbers put up by Evans, despite his first-year status last season.
His 685 points last year set a new school freshman record and second-most in Conference USA history. The Chesapeake (Va) native also led Conference USA in steals at 2.2 per contest to go along with four rebounds and 2.8 assists. Evans was selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams. The sophomore was named the Conference USA Player of the Week a record nine times last season.
Evans’ roots are deep in the Hampton Roads area. Prior to attending Cape Henry, he was named the 2013 Tidewater Player of the Year as a junior at Great Bridge High School, leading the Wildcats to the Eastern Region title. After transferring to Cape Henry, Evans reclassified as a junior where he earned second-team all-state honors for the Dolphins. He was also selected to the first-team as a senior, as the program won the VISAA state title.
In addition to being selected as Preseason Player of the Year by College Sports Madness, Evans was also named to the Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year and first-team All-Conference. NBA Draft talk has also begun to surround Evans, with one site labeling him its “NCAA Sophomore Crush”. Nonetheless, with solid expectations for the 2016-17 season, the Owls will begin its regular season slate on November 13 when it travels to James Madison.