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IU basketball recruiting: Class of 2023 names to know — Kwame Evans, Jr.

The DMV produces some of the top basketball players in the country, and new Indiana assistant Kenya Hunter puts the Hoosiers in a great position to attempt to capitalize on that talent.

Hunter was an assistant at Georgetown for several years, and he has maintained deep ties to the D.C. metro area.

Class of 2023 small forward Kwame Evans, Jr. appears on track to be one of the top players in the country.

Multiple outlets have reported that Indiana is making the 6-foot-8, 190-pound sophomore forward from Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore Maryland an early priority.

Playing for one of the top high school programs in the country, Evans made noise as a freshman including scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds while going 4-of-5 from the behind the arc against national powerhouse IMG Academy.  Polytechnic went 25-2 and reached the state finals.

Reported to have a 7-foot wingspan, Evans has the length and versatility that head coach Archie Miller looks for.  He’s thin but still growing and adjusting to his frame.  Despite his height, Evans is already playing with the ball in his hands and knocking down perimeter shots.

Rankings for the class of 2023 have yet to be released by 247Sports and Rivals, but when they do, Evans Jr. appears likely to be a five-star level talent.  ESPN has Evans slotted at No. 7 nationally in their class of 2023 rankings.  He was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team this past year.

Evans’ dad, Kwame Evans Sr., led George Washington to three NCAA Tournament appearances between 1993 and 1996. He helped the Colonials reach the Sweet 16 in 1996 and ranks fifth on the GW all-time scoring list.

Running with Team Durant EYBL 16U, Evans played up a year this summer.

Along with Indiana, Evans has significant high major interest.

Kansas, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Louisiana State, Texas Christian, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Xavier, St. John’s Georgetown, Virginia Tech, DePaul and Auburn have all offered a scholarship already.

IU has not offered any class of 2023 scholarships to this point.  Don’t be surprised if the first goes to Evans, or in-state products Dravyn Gibbs-Lawhorn and Jalen Hooks.

For more early names to know in the class of 2023, GO HERE.


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