Scouting Report: Jacob Evans

Name: Jacob Evans

Height/Weight: 6’5.5/ 200

Wingspan/ standing reach: 6’9/ 8’6.5

Hand size: 9.25

Position: Wing

College: Cincinnati

Tools: 3&D, athleticism

Pros:

  • Solid passer with above average vision
  • Incredible vertical athlete- shows flashes of explosiveness
  • Plus defender
  • High motor
  • Good range on his jumper

Cons:

  • Average speed and quickness
  • Lacks lateral quickness to stay with defenders in NBA
  • Generic ball handler
  • Lacks a great first step- may not be much of a shot creator

Overall: Evans profiles as a 3&D prospect with solid vertical athleticism for the role. While Evans is only average at best in terms of lateral quickness, his instincts and understanding of defense help him profile as a plus defender as a prospect. Additionally, Evans doesn’t possess high end speed that many other wings in the NBA and in this draft class possess. While Evans does lack speed and quickness, he is an explosive leaper that recorded a 35 inch vertical at the combine. However, besides athleticism, Evans’ game is pretty polished and lacks a pinpoint weakness. Evans is likely limited offensively to being a spot up shooter, while profiling as an above average defender in the NBA. 

NBA Comparison: Floor: Martell Webster; ceiling: George McCloud

Projected draft range: 21-30

Fit with Mavericks: Evans would be an ideal fit with the Mavericks. With Wesley Matthews entering his last year of the contract and Dorian Finney-Smith’s contract not being fully guaranteed this year, wing could be a glaring hole both this year and going forward. I put Webster as a floor because Webster was primarily a spot up shooter off the bench for Washington, which would be Evans’ role in the NBA if his poor lateral quickness doesn’t allow him to be as solid on defense as he was in college. His ceiling reminds me of sharpshooter and former Maverick George McCloud from the 90s. In McCloud’s peak was in Dallas when he averaged nearly 19 points per game and made the 3 point contest. He was an all around player that year, averaging 4.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.4 SPG on 41/38/80.

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