Jawun Evans (PG, Oklahoma State)

 

Measurables: 5’11.5”, 6’5.5” wingspan, 185 lbs, 20.8 years old

Strengths

  • Phenomenal playmaking ability – 43.6 AST% to 13.6 TOV%
  • Solid shooter – 38% from 3 on 95 attempts last year, 81% FT
  • Created almost all of his looks himself – 5% assisted at rim, 9% assisted 2-point outside rim, 39% assisted 3 point
  • Nice hands on D – 3.3 STL%
  • Speed demon – gets to rim quickly in transition
  • Good enough from 3 to punish defenses for going under
  • Able to get to his spots in the mid range – 81st percentile on off-dribble jumpers
  • Quickness to break down defense and get into lane
  • 82nd percentile on floaters – will be necessary for him in NBA
  • Refined PnR player – can get jumper or blow past bigs to rim
  • Great vision/patience in PnR – already refined playmaker
  • Very impressive vision – finds shooters, dump men quickly
  • Physical, strong frame – gets into man on defense
  • Sits in a stance w/hands up, uses length to compensate for height
  • Aggressive, competitive player who looks to make plays on either end
  • Elevated an Oklahoma State team with average talent

Weaknesses

  • Subpar height for point guard position
  • Struggled mightily finishing at rim – 50.4%
  • Relies more on touch shots/floaters near rim – less efficient
  • Poor midrange efficiency – 37% on 2-point outside rim
  • Not overly explosive or big – means he will have to rely on craftiness near rim
  • Forces bad shots near rim – needs to focus more on dumps
  • Lacks elite size to see floor – vision obstructed
  • Can passing translate vs NBA size/athleticism?
  • Most of his weaknesses relate to size/explosiveness – how much can he improve?
  • 10th percentile in ISO defense – absolutely has to improve
  • Can he start at the NBA level with size limitations on D?
  • Strong frame needs to get stronger to compensate on D
  • Doesn’t always slide his feet, play as hard as he could
  • Inconsistent 3 point mechanics, especially off catch and shoot
  • 3 point jumper has been streaky, needs to fix that

Overall

  • Evans has flown under the radar in a stacked PG class, but the kid can really play. He’s shown flashes of being a 3-level scorer who is as good creating for others as anyone in this class. While his lack of explosiveness and size limit his scoring at the rim in the NBA, he’ll still be able to succeed with his off-dribble scoring and PnR savvy, along with his solid touch shot ability near the rim. As a playmaker, his 43.6 AST% was 2nd in the country, though his size may somewhat limit his passing vision in the NBA. Defensively, he’s a bulldog with good hands who plays hard, but he’ll be limited by size once again. He also needs to bring a more consistent effort level and understanding of angles. That said, he’s got surefire backup ability and starter upside if he can improve his jumper a little more, making him worth a shot for a PG-hungry team in the middle of the first.

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