Phillips Andover’s Evans D1 Bound
Phillips Andover guard Danny Evans made a verbal commitment to the University of Maine on Monday afternoon and is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent during the upcoming Late Signing Period.
A 6-foot-4 guard from England, Evans starred with the UK's 18-and-under national team this summer before arriving in the New England prep ranks for his post-graduate season.
He announced his arrival with a strong performance at the Scholar Roundball Classic in December and went on to lead The Big Blue to a record of 8-7 in Class A of the NEPSAC while averaging a team high 17.4 points per game and shooting 45% from the floor.
College coaches took note, not just of Evans' individual abilities, but of his impact in making this one of the most competitive Phillips Andover teams in recent memory. As a result, he went on to earn multiple scholarship offers, at both the division I and II levels.
"I'm thrilled that Danny has choen to play for Coach Walsh at UMaine next year," Phillips Andover head coach Terrell Ivory told NERR. "He is a wonderful young man that has worked hard to put himself in position to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity both on and off the court. He is a great leader and one of the toughest competitors that I have coached."
Evans has great size in the backcourt and a polished skill set but most impressive is his basketball I.Q. and instinctive feel for the game. He is an outstanding passer of the basketball, not just in terms of setting up teammates for open shots but also moving it quickly and crisply within the flow of a possession. He has the ability to play both on and off the ball at the next level provides University of Maine head coach Bob Walsh with a unique weapon in his incoming recruiting class.
Below are some of Evans' highlights from his post-graduate season: