By Ronnie Hickman
For the Daily News
MT. PLEASANT, NC — Jarrod Evans, a 6-foot-8 senior center from Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, who has ties to Martin County, signed to play college basketball at Pace University out of New York.
Evans is the son of Rodney Evans , who played at Sheldon Clark High School in the early 80’s and was a member of the 1983 team that was the only SCHS team to win the 15th region championship and advance to the quarterfinals of the boys state tournament and his wife, Teresa Maynard Evans, formerly of Lenore, W. Va.
Going into his senior campaign at Mt. Pleasant High School Evans enjoyed a successful summer on the AAU circuit which helped him climb up on the recruiting level.
His play pushed him to being ranked No. 115 nationally for 2014 by Scoutfocus As a senior he led Mt. Pleasant in scoring andy rebounding and was named to the South Piedmont All Conference first team and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player.
His high school coach Scott Burleson called Evans one of the best players the school had come through in a decade.
” Jarrod has tremendous upside and can be molded into the solid basketball presence. His desire to learn and absorb the game is his greatest attribute. He finishes in the paint very well and he has developed a nice turnaround jump shot and he can become a solid player for Pace University,” he said.
Jarrod is the grandson of Pastor Bill and Nancy Evans of Lovely and Glen and Ann Maynard formerly of Lenore, W. Va.