VCU coach Mike Rhoades landed a significant addition when high-scoring point guard Marcus Evans announced he was heading to the Rams to reunite with his former coach.
Evans played two seasons for Rhoades at Rice. When Rhoades left the Owls to become VCU’s coach a month ago, Evans announced he was transferring. He narrowed his list to VCU, Arizona and Miami.
The 6-foot-2 195-pounder from Chesapeake announced his destination on his Twitter page Monday, saying home is where his heart is. He will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and then will have two years of eligibility.
Evans was one of the top players on the transfer market. He was a first-team all-Conference USA pick in both of his seasons, scoring 1,350 points combined. He averaged 19 points last season and 21.4 points as a freshman.
Evans, who played at Great Bridge High in Chesapeake and Cape Henry Collegiate in Virginia Beach, shot 42.5 percent overall, 37.6 percent on 3-pointers and 78.7 percent at the foul line this past season. He had 131 assists and 128 turnovers.
As a freshman, he shot 47 percent overall, 30.6 percent on 3-pointers and 79.6 percent at the line.
Evans fills a huge future need for VCU in addition to his scoring ability. The Rams have one true point guard, Jonathan Williams, who will be a rising senior this season.
Point guard Lavar Batts Jr., who signed under former VCU coach Will Wade, asked for his release after the coaching change and subsequently signed with N.C. State. Forward Mayan Kiir also was granted his release and followed Wade to LSU.
Two signees, 6-9 wing Sean Mobley and 6-7 forward Marcus Santos-Silva, decided to stay at VCU.