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Tyreke Evans was the #1 ranked HS player in the country last season and last year was the winner of the Triple Crown (MVP of the the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game, the McDonald’s All American Game & the Jordan Brand Classic Game). Tyreke is considered to be a lottery pick in this year’s 2009 NBA DRAFT and will be contributing to Philly Hoops monthly.

Tyreke
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Dear Diary,

We lost last week in the sweet 16 round of the tourny. The game was played in Phoenix, Arizona on the same field where this year’s Super Bowl was played. I felt bad for Antonio, Robert and Chance because they are seniors and it meant that their college career is over. We thought we were going to win the whole thing. Coach Cal did a great job of preparing us but Missouri hit every shot they took and we didnt always execute. I scored 33 points which was a career high for me. My mom told me that I made the cover of Sports Illustrated again. Nothing gets by her. The semester doesn’t end until the first week of May, so now I get to focus more on school.I havent made up my mind about entering the draft.

I’ll get with my brothers and figure out what to do next about the draft. Reggie has been getting alot of feedback from personnel people so he’ll have a good idea about what happens next for me. Its going to be a tough decision but either way I cant go wrong. Next year’s recruiting class is ranked #1, so we are going to be even better. The next time I write you will know my decision so stayed tuned.

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Tyreke Evans was the #1 ranked HS player in the country last season and last year was the winner of the Triple Crown (MVP of the the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game, the McDonald’s All American Game & the Jordan Brand Classic Game). Tyreke is considered to be a lottery pick in this year’s 2009 NBA DRAFT and will be contributing to Philly Hoops monthly.

Tyreke

Dear Diary,

I cant believe the season is over. I remember my brother Reggie telling me to enjoy this time because its going to go by fast. It seems like yesterday we were doing individual drills, but that was really five months ago. Alot of things have happened this season. I moved to the point guard spot after we lost to Syracuse. Since then we are undefeated. With me at the pg we are 22-0. We have the longest winning streak in the country and we have 58 straight conference wins which is also the longest streak in the country. I gotta mention my teammates, Robert Dozier, Antonio Anderson and Chance McGrady. They have won 132 games in four years at Memphis. That is the college record for most wins by a basketball player over four years. Coach Cal should get some of that credit.

I’m surprised that people thought I would hit a wall or slump as the season went on. I feel like I’ve been preparing for this season my whole life. I feel stronger now and I’m excited about what I have accomplished. I led our team in scoring and steals. We are ranked #3 in the country. I didnt know that I’m the only freshman nominated for the Oscar Robertson Player Of The Year Award. I was recently told that I was the Conference USA Freshman Of The Year. And I cant believe that I’m on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

I get asked all the time if I’m leaving after this year. Right now i don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m a school student first. I love it here at Memphis. I’ve got good teachers, the support system is great, college life is great, my teammates are great, we all get along and do everything together. The whole town treats us like stars. I promised my mom and my brothers that I would keep my grades up and continue to go to school even after the season is over. Its hard to stay focused especially when you see guys on tv playing in the league that you grew up with and played against. My situation might be different from other players, cuz its not about the money. Reggie tells me its about the best situation for me. I wont make my mind up until I sit down with my brothers and think about all the options.

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Tyreke Evans was the #1 ranked HS player in the country last season and last year was the winner of the Triple Crown (MVP of the the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game, the McDonald’s All American Game & the Jordan Brand Classic Game). Tyreke is considered to be a lottery pick in this year’s 2009 NBA DRAFT and will be contributing to Philly Hoops monthly.

Tyreke

Dear Diary,

Since I last wrote, a lot of stuff has happened. We played Tennessee and beat them at their place on national tv. That was crazy because the whole place is bright orange. Our teams are six hours apart in the same state. We control the west side and they control the east side. Our teams are each others’ most hated rival, so for us to win at their place was sweet, especially since they beat us at our place last year. I was in the stands as a spectator for that game a year ago, on my recruiting visit and here I am one year later helping Memphis to beat Tennessee. To know that we delivered for Coach Cal made the victory even sweeter and everyone knows that there’s no love lost between Coach Cal and Bruce Pearl.

Last week we flew to Dallas to play SMU. Unlike other schools we have our own private chartered plane. We never go through regular airport security or have to worry about airport delays. Our private plane always waits on us. As soon as our games are over we shower, get back on the plane and head home. Coach says he does this because our time is valuable and we are more efficient with time management. Whenever we travel overnight we also have our academic advisor who travels with us. This way all of our homework assignments are always handed in on time. Sometimes we even have study hall on the plane.
We ended up beating SMU and the next day we practiced at their facility before heading to Spokane to play Gonzaga. The Chicago Bulls had a game that night against the Dallas Mavericks and the Bulls practiced on the court next to ours. We got a chance to exchange numbers and catch up with Derrick Rose. He said sometimes he wishes he were back in Memphis and that in the NBA it’s all about taking care of your business.

After practice we flew to Spokane. When we got to Spokane we had another practice/shoot around. Since our game against Gonzaga was going to be featured on ESPN’s COLLEGE GAMEDAY, Bobby Knight, Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Hubert Davis were at our practice. It was funny to see them at our practice cuz i’m used to watching them on tv. Most people predicted that Gonzaga would beat us. They had to move the game to downtown Spokane because of the ticket demand. We beat Gonzaga 68-50 and I had probably the best game of my career. I scored 22 points and had 6 rebounds. What nobody knows is that at halftime I felt sick and as were we walking to the court I threw up three times in the hallway. My teammates showed me no mercy and were laughing at me and calling me Willie Beamon. After the game my phone blew up. I had 25 new messages. It seems like everyone I know was watching the game. My brother said I repped for Chester. My mom told me that Bobby Knight was saying nice things about me and called me the best freshman in the country. While we were on our plane, right before takeoff, I got a phone call from LeBron James. He told me to keep working hard and I might be playing against him next year.

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Tyreke Evans was the #1 ranked HS player in the country last season and last year was the winner of the Triple Crown (MVP of the the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game, the McDonald’s All American Game & the Jordan Brand Classic Game). Tyreke is considered to be a lottery pick in this year’s 2009 NBA DRAFT and will be contributing to Philly Hoops monthly.

Tyreke

Dear Diary,

I really like it here in Memphis. Some things are different. Everyone down south always speaks to you. It seems like everywhere I go people know my name and they are friendly. It’s definitely slower here than back home in Chester, but its all good. Right now our team is really starting to jell. Whats made the difference is having a month off for Christmas break. We’re here on campus with no distractions like school work, ha ha.

Coach Cal has the whole staff working with us on individual stuff in the mornings and we usually practice in the evenings. Since Coach Cal moved me to the point guard position, we are undefeated. I’ve been getting compliments on my defense. That’s something that I know I needed to improve now that I’m in college. I lead Conference USA in steals.

We play Tennessee on CBS on Saturday. That’s big because everyone will be able to see me on TV, especially my mom. Everyday we get better and understand more why Coach pushes us as hard as he does. I hope that all of our hard work pays off and that everyone is watching us in Detroit in April.

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