Following the draft, I wrote a post discussing the Jazz’s first selection, Gordon Hayward. Because he was the player that the Jazz chose with their long-awaited lottery pick from the New York Knicks, he was the player who stole all the headlines for Utah. However, Utah did have another pick in the second round of the draft (55), and with that that pick they selected Jeremy Evans out of Western Kentucky.
To be honest, I did not know too much about Jeremy Evans when the Jazz selected him, so I decided to do some research on him. This is what I found out:
– Evans is 6”9 and weighs 196 pounds. Although I like his height, his lack of weight has me a little concerned. If there is one thing that Evans will learn early on, it is that he is going to have to bulk up if he wants to hang with the competition of the NBA. With the long workouts and weight-lifting sessions over the summer, I can almost guarantee that Evans will crack 200 pounds by the time the regular season rolls around. He better, or he will not last too long. On the positive side, Evans’ wiry build gives him the athleticism to be a pretty good shot-blocker, which is something I said that the Jazz needed to deal with this offseason. I guess you have to take the good with the bad sometimes.
– Evans played in college for 4 years. This is something that I like about this guy. I feel like too many guys are “one and done” these days, and they do not learn a lot of the valuable nuances about the game that can give them an added edge. With 4 years under his belt, Evans should be more polished than most of the players from this draft, which, in turn, should make Jerry Sloan’s job SLIGHTLY easier. At the very least, Evans should not have too many issues when it comes to maturity.
– Evans shot 65% from the field this past season. This number shows that Evans is a smart player offensively, as it appears that he takes shots that he knows he is capable of making. There are tons of guys who overestimate their abilities, and because of it, their games suffer. It’s a good thing that Evans is not one of those guys. (At least that’s what his field goal percentage would lead me to believe).
– Evans is a wonderful painter. Even though this does not seem to matter in regards to basketball, it actually might. According to Evans himself, his motivation for being a standout painter came from his desire to be better than other artistically talented classmates. It is that kind of attitude that can be very important to have in any skill in life, including basketball. If Evans can work and improve his basketball game in the same manner he did with painting, this guy can be another second-round gem for the Utah Jazz. (Click Here to check out Evans’ paintings).