Future Watch: Jacob Evans Rookie Basketball Cards, Warriors – Jacob Evans was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He would relocate and play high school basketball for St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He finished as a four-star prospect in his senior season and elected to attend the University of Cincinnati. He played three seasons for the Bearcats, improving on his game each year.
In his sophomore season, Evans averaged 13.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists over 31.6 minutes per game. He shot 41.8% from behind the arc and provided strong defense for a Bearcats squad that went on to win 30 games. In his final year with Cincinnati, Evans averaged 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He was named first-team All-ACC and was a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. The Bearcats finished 31-5 and earned a two-seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, they were upset 75-73 by Nevada in the Round of 32. After the season, Evans declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft.
At the 2018 NBA Draft Combine, Evans measured 6’5.5” in shoes with a 6’9.25” wingspan. Scouts were enamored with his impressive wingspan and strength gains between his sophomore and junior seasons. This led many to suggest he could confidently guard multiple positions at the NBA level. That, paired with his 37% shooting rate from behind the arc in college made him a solid first-round prospect. On draft night, Golden State selected Evans in the first round with the 28th overall pick. He couldn’t have been blessed a better place to start his career.
While the starting five for the Warriors is the most dominant we’ve seen in the past decade, the team owes a great deal of their regular season success to their bench. Steve Kerr is one of the smartest coaches in the NBA. He understands that his starting five needs regular rest during the season to keep fresh for the playoffs. This means he will use a deeper rotation during the regular season. In the past few seasons, players like Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook, Kevon Looney and Patrick McCaw saw decent minutes over the course of the regular season.
Jacob Evans has a great shot to make an impact on a championship squad in his rookie season. He may not play every night, but if he can bring the toughness and shooting he showed at Cincinnati, he’ll see action. There is a place for him on this roster. With the Bearcats, Evans did most of his damage as a scorer in catch and shoot situations. He also did a great job defending larger forwards in the post. The Warriors couldn’t ask for a better set of traits to have on their bench.
You can find Evans’ early rookie cards in 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate Basketball. He appears in his Cincinnati uniform in that set. Notice he has two different types of autographs in that set. One featuring his full signature (which you can see above) and another shorter one featuring his initials. Keep an eye out for cards featuring him in his Golden State Warriors uniform in 2018-19 Donruss Basketball. You can follow him on Twitter @JacobEvans_1.
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