“Growing up in a world and city where violence and chaos goes on makes me work two times harder, so one day I can come back and give the city what I didn’t have growing up.”
— Che Evans, Jr.
Che Evans, Jr. — a top Class of 2020 basketball prospect from Baltimore, Maryland — has his sights set on the NBA, but he’ll never forget the city that raised him. With a resume already filled with accolades, Evans, Jr. is attracting Division 1 offers , as well as advice from retired NBA veterans – and he’s only 15 years old. An incoming freshman at Dulaney High School in neighboring Lutherville-Timonium, Evans, Jr. plans on following the recipe which has gotten him this far thus far: a lot of hard work and humility.
Under the guidance of two loving parents and his Team Melo AAU coach and mentor Dwayne Wise, Evans, Jr. has guidance on and off the basketball court as he strives to manifest his NBA dreams into reality.
CHE EVANS, JR.
- From Baltimore, Maryland
- Fifteen years old
- MVP — CP3 RisingStars Camp (2015)
- MVP — 2020 Middle School All-American Game (2015)
- #3 — Basketball Spotlight Class of 2020 Super 75 National Player Rankings (2015)
- “Rising Stars” — UA NEXT Under Armour Elite 24 (2016)
- Invitee — Under Armour Next Combine Series (2016)
- “Highest Upside” — Future150 3rd Annual The Summit Camp (2016)
ON BASKETBALL . . .
The importance of being an all-around player is very big in basketball. Being a one-way player can affect your minutes on the floor or even your role on a team. The importance of court vision and IQ is a major skill to have developed in your game.
My AAU mentor (Dwayne Wise) always tells me: the game of basketball is 80-percent mental and 20-percent physical. I developed my vision and IQ from just watching the game of basketball at all levels such as high school ball, AAU ball, college ball and NBA ball.
Just by playing the game, I was learning from my mistakes — which made me a lot more consistent and precise.
I prefer wearing number ten because my cousin who passed in August 2009 from a car accident wore number ten on the football field.
ON BALTIMORE . . .
Growing up in a world and city where violence and chaos goes on makes me work two times harder, so one day I can come back and give the city what I didn’t have growing up.
Baltimore is a great city besides all the poverty and crime that goes on. I don’t let that interfere with my life — I just stay focused and humbled. I’m not ashamed representing Baltimore at all.
ON ADMIRATION . . .
Growing up, I admired Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and (my Uncle) Kwame Evans.
People I admire outside of sports are my parents: they make me strive for my goals every time I look at them.
It means everything to me that both of my parents support my dream of making the NBA. They make sure I get to every workout on time, eat healthy and get my proper rest.
ON HARD WORK . . .
Without hard work, nothing is possible. Nothing is given to you. I get on myself anytime I ever feel like I’m not working hard enough.
The process of dedicating my life to basketball is basically all hard work and dedication. Nothing is given — you really have to put maximum time into your craft.
Every day, you have to improve.
ON VALUES . . .
It’s a proven fact coaches, teammates, fans, referees and scouts don’t like people who are too cocky. My family always tell me humbleness is a virtue; humbleness can take you far.
Without self-confidence, you’re nothing.
Every time I take a shot, I’m saying in my head: this next shot is going in. Being self-confident and being cocky are two different things.
Education is important in life because it gives people the skills and tools they need to navigate the world. Without education, people would not be able to read, write, calculate or communicate.
ON YOGA . . .
Yoga gives me self-discipline and relaxation. Stretching my muscles for a good hour will help me now and later in life.
ON BALTIMORE BASKETBALL . . .
Carmelo Anthony means a lot to the city of Baltimore. He is the one of the big basketball players to come out of this city. Playing for his AAU team bettered my career on and off the court.
The Len Bias story teaches me to never hang around negative people who want to do irregular things. I’m always with positive and striving people.
ON FUTURE . . .
I’m at a point in life where people want to be like me — I can’t leave a bad example for them. I have the bar high so they follow and never give up when thing are not going right.
Get to know the name Che Evans, Jr. now and remember it for an NBA Draft in the near future: this incoming high school freshman is already garnering major attention, with his vision ensconced on the pro level.
By Matteo Urella
Images provided courtesy of Che Evans’ Instagram