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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.
Georgetown's Austin Freeman, left, battles for a loose ball against Memphis' Tyreke Evans (12) during the first half of an NCAA college men's basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Georgetown’s Austin Freeman, left, battles for a loose ball against Memphis’ Tyreke Evans (12) during the first half of an NCAA college men’s basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, in Washington.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Tyreke Evans, shortly before heading to Memphis for his freshman year... Stephanie Bahnatka- 1stflashphotography.com

Tyreke Evans, shortly before heading to Memphis for his freshman year... Stephanie Bahnatka- 1stflashphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kevin Tatum
Inquirer Staff Writer

Tyreke Evans left home to play college basketball and certainly took his jump shot with him.
Memphis played for the NCAA title last season, but this season, the Chester native is the Tigers’ leading scorer.

Evans, a freshman guard, was averaging 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.6 steals going into Memphis’ game against Syracuse today. Evans and the Tigers will play Drexel on Monday in Memphis.

But Evans also took with him a sense that it was time to grow up.

“Leaving home is big,” Evans said in a recent interview. “Time to man up, being in college and doing what you have to do. It’s like I thought it would be, and I like it better than high school. You’re more on your own.” Read the rest of this entry »

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