5-star forward Kwame Evans Jr. reveals top five with Oregon and UCLA still in the mix
The second-best prospect in the 2023 class is down to five schools.
Kwame Evans Jr., a 5-star forward from Montverde Academy (Fla.) has narrowed his list of schools to include Auburn, Kentucky, Indiana, Oregon, and UCLA. The 6-foot-9 forward told 247Sports he plans to commit during his upcoming senior season.
Kwame Evans Jr., the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2023, has cut his list to five, per his Instagram.
He is down to Indiana, Auburn, Oregon, Kentucky and UCLA. pic.twitter.com/GeZZWDOOgV
— Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) April 4, 2022
Evans will visit Oregon at the end of April. He has already taken a visit to Kentucky but doesn’t have any others scheduled as of now. He told 247Sports’ Dushawn London that NIL, atmosphere, and system were key factors in his decision-making process as he narrowed his list of schools down to five.
Of the Ducks, he told 247Sports, “I have a good relationship with Coach (Dana) Altman and I like how Nike is over there as well. I want to go check it all out.”
UCLA is new to the game, having just offered at the end of January, but it seems head coach Mick Cronin and the Bruins have made a strong impression in a short time.
“They recently got into the mix but I like the school and where it’s at,” he told 247Sports. “I want to learn more about them but they are a good school. I like their style of play and it’s Cali, so I want to go out there and see it.”
Oregon is already on the board for the 2023 class with a commitment from 5-star forward Mookie Cook. UCLA doesn’t have a publicly known commitment yet, but Cronin has had no issue securing the services of elite 5-star prospects so far in Westwood.
Evans rates as the No. 2 overall player in his class, per the 247 Composite, behind only DJ Wagner, a combo guard committed from New Jersey. His club recently won the 2021-22 GEICO High School National Championship. Evans averaged eight points and six rebounds during his team’s three-game run at the Nationals, which included a 70-63 win over Cook’s AZ Compass Prep squad.