Labor Day is almost here, and for class of 2015 basketball recruits that means turning their attention toward official visits, soon to be followed by their final high school seasons.
Rivals.com caught up with Baton Rouge (La) St. Michael The Archangel High School small forward Jacob Evans, who recently narrowed his list and scheduled some official visits.
"I've got four visits set up so far," Evans said. "Auburn this weekend and Tulane next weekend. After that, I believe it's South Carolina and then I think Cincinnati, but I'm not sure. They may switch up."
We asked Evans what common thread tied the four schools he's scheduled visits with together.
"I feel like everyone of them I can go in and have an impact as a freshman," he said. Just having the opportunity is really big for me to show I can play."
Evans opened eyes at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June and followed that up with a strong showing in Las Vegas at the Fab 48, where he led his Louisiana Dynasty AAU team to the finals of the event.
"I feel like it (the travel season) went great," Evans said. "I didn't finish like I wanted to but I feel like my summer was productive, I kept rising and got my chances to show that I could play. So I feel I had a really great summer."
A 6-foot-5, 207-pounder, Evans is a versatile player that likes to attack the basket where he can use his strength to finish thru contact or get to the line. When playing shooting guard he can he'll knock down shots over smaller defenders or use the pick-and-roll. Due to his strength is a good rebounder for his a perimeter player and is capable of defending multiple positions.
Evans told us what makes his final four schools stand out.
Auburn: "Of course they have a great coach in Bruce Pearl and his coaching staff is really great. I feel like they're bringing in pieces that could really end up being a good recruiting class. Coach Pearl and I are just getting to know each other and we'll do that even more on my visit.
Tulane: "I feel like I'll be the go to man there, also they have other good pieces that fit well with me. I like their system and the conference they play in--the AAC with UConn, Memphis and Cincinnati. Me and (Head) Coach Conroy, Coach Williams and Coach Quannas (White, formerly with the Louisiana Dynasty AAU program) all have a really good relationship. I feel like they have my back no matter what and I am just real, real comfortable with them."
Cincinnati: "Going in I could be that wing that can like score the ball for them and get playing time as a freshman and be very productive."
South Carolina: "I can be a big impact player for them and help them out scoring wise and defensive wise. They've been coming at me hard since last fall. They've just been telling me that they really like my game and they can help me reach the level I want to go to which is the NBA after college."
Although his list is currently at four schools, Evans said Baylor, Mississippi State or Georgia Tech could get his fifth visit, but he hasn't decided if he'll take a fifth visit. Equally undecided, at this point in time, is when he plans to sign.
"My plan was to sign late, but I'm not really sure about that," said Evans.
Jacob Evans is the No. 96 prospect in the Rivals150 and is rated a four-star prospect.
Russ Wood is a basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com and Inside the Gators. You can click here to follow him on Twitter..
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