Cincinnati junior Jacob Evans to remain in 2018 NBA draft

Cincinnati junior Jacob Evans has decided to remain in the 2018 NBA draft and forgo his collegiate eligibility, Evans told Yahoo Sports.

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“The NBA is a lifelong dream and I am making every day count to make the most of it,” Evans said. “I’m excited about the feedback that I have received in this process so far. I can’t wait to lace up my kicks in Chicago and show all of the teams what I can do.”

Evans will participate in the draft combine in Chicago from May 16-20. He declared for the draft last month and went through a process of training and receiving feedback from NBA teams, which believe he is a top-25 selection.

A 6-foot-6 guard, Evans has intrigued NBA executives with his potential as a two-way player. He averaged 13 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and nearly a block per game last season for the Bearcats. In a league increasingly seeking strong wing defenders and shooters, Evans could rise with a strong pre-draft process.

Evans, 20, led Cincinnati to a 31-5 record and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament last season.

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