VCU’s Marcus Evans

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Marcus Evans practiced with VCU on Thursday and his coach expects him to play in the Rams’ first-round NCAA tournament game Friday against Central Florida.

“It's feeling better each day, still day-to-day. I got in practice today and got moving a lot. So it's starting to feel better. I'm looking forward to Friday.”

Evans suffered a bone bruise in his left knee in the first half of the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Rams (25-7) lost that game to Rhode Island on last Friday in Brooklyn. Evans was unable to practice earlier this week.

“I'm still working each day rehabbing, but I haven't felt anything to hold me back so far,” Evans said. “Everything I've been doing, obviously, it's hard to simulate a game situation until you're out there, but like I said, I've been feeling better each day, and we're all just looking forward to Friday.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Chesapeake native leads the Rams in scoring, assists and steals this season.

VCU coach Mike Rhoades praised Evans’ effort in working to get back from the injury in time to play against UCF.

“He's worked really hard. He's rehabbed. He's pretty much lived in the training room since Saturday,” Rhoades said. “Each day has been a little bit better. Workload, probably more today than he has all week. Probably tomorrow, we'll move him around a little bit and shoot around. We'll see where he is. He's not 100, but he's going to give it a shot, and we'll see from there.”

Evans played for Rhoades for two seasons at Rice before transferring to VCU to follow his coach. He sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules.

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