Chalk up Bobby Hurley's first recruiting win as a head coach. Shannon Evans, who had decided to reevaluate his commitment after the dismissal of coach Reggie Witherspoon, has decided that he still wants to play in Buffalo. The re-commitment by Evans leaves UB with one outstanding scholarship to fill.
Evans, a guard from Suffolk, Virginia signed his Letter of Intent back in November. Evans was a 2012 graduate of Nansemond River High School, where he averaged 19 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals per game as a senior en route to being selected to the All-Southeastern District First Team and Honorable Mention All-Eastern Region.
He spent the past year playing for the Hargrave Military Academy under former Marshall point guard A.W. Hamilton.
It was a tough adjustment at first but Evans not only cracked the starting lineup
"It was shaky at first. But I worked hard and now I’m in the starting lineup." --Evans
By the end of January Evans had started 15 games and was averaging 16 points, six steals and five assists a game.
The change of coached threw Evans commitment into jeopardy because his decision to come to Buffalo was based largely on his relationship with the staff. Within a matter of days Evans went from unsure about Buffalo to reopening up his commitment.
Within hours of Bobby Hurley putting on a UB cap Evans was expressing an eagerness to reconnect with Buffalo and shortly after he announced that he will in fact play for the Bulls.
Just talk to coach Hurley. I'm staying in buffalo. Ahh let's get this MAC title! #UB #bullsnation
— Shannon Evans™ (@hollywood_11) March 27, 2013
If Getting Evans into the fold so quickly is an indication of Hurley's skills relating to players then any concerns about getting the current players on board with the new coaching staff can probably be put to rest.