The defending champs picked Cincinnati guard Jacob Evans with the 20th pick of the NBA draft.
The Warriors selected Cincinnati sophomore Jacob Evans with the No. 20 pick in the 2018 NBA draft.
As a four-star recruit, Evans chose Houston over Oklahoma State and Memphis. He spent his first season as a Bearcat coming off the bench, averaging 8.4 in 24.4 minutes per game.
Evans broke out in his sophomore season, averaging 13.5 points as the Bearcats went 30-6 on the season. As a junior, Evans led the Bearcats to a 31-5 season, clinching the regular-season conference title and the AAC conference championship. The guard averaged 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists, leading his team in points and assists.
In a tournament filled with upsets, Evans' final college season was cut short in the second round by Nevada, which overcame a 22-point deficit to knock off the No. 2 seed Bearcats. Evans led his team with 19 points in the loss.
Jeremy Woo's grade: B+
The Warriors do a good job identifying quality role players, and while Evans doesn’t have great upside, he’s exactly what they need as a no-frills, defensive-minded wing player that can make open threes. He’s not a terrific scorer, but as we saw with Jordan Bell a year ago, Golden State tends to be a place where non-scorers flourish. Evans should be a natural fit here.
Our Jeremy Woo broke down his strength and weaknesses:
• Good physical profile. Strong build allows him to match up with bigger wings or smaller guards. Athleticism should play on both ends of the floor.
• Committed defender. Understands team concepts. Career 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per-36. Should be able to make an impact on that end.
• Shot 39.4% from three over the last two seasons. Career 75% from the foul line. Has some promise as a floor-spacer.
• Offensive impact comes and goes. Had a handful of dud games in conference play. When his jumper isn’t falling, hard for him to consistently score. Not a plus ballhandler.
• Sometimes looks like he’s muscling the ball up on his release. Shot can come out flat and hard. Needs to prove it translates to NBA range.
• Stands to be more aggressive at times. Can fade into the background of games for long stretches. Not going to be someone you throw the ball to looking for a basket.