Former NFA star R.J. Evans considering UConn

Former Norwich Free Academy standout R.J. Evans, who attends Holy Cross, is looking to finish his college basketball career and continue his education at another school.

Evans would like to pursue a master's degree in business after graduating in May. He has one year of eligibility remaining due to the fact that he missed the majority of the 2010-11 season with a sports hernia.

Evans, a 6-foot-3 guard, visited UConn on Monday, meeting with coach Jim Calhoun and assistant Glen Miller.

"They said it would be good opportunity," Evans said today. "They think what I can bring to the table is a tough, hard-nosed guard and that I can bring some leadership as an older guy.

"We'll talk after the Final Four and see what happens."

Evans averaged 11.5 points last season for the Crusaders. He had a team-high 15 points and four rebounds against UConn in a 77-40 loss on Dec. 18 in Hartford.

Here's what Evans said about his homecoming experience that day:

"It was a great time," said Evans who is from Salem. "I'll remember this for a long, long time. I'll never forget it. I saw people from my town when I was in middle school who haven't seen me play in eight years -- my old AAU coaches, my family, my mom and dad.

"It was a good experience."

Evans hopes to make a decision by mid-April. He's also considering Virginia, Wake Forest, Quinnipiac and Albany. His next home will have to be a good academic match.

UConn's potential post-season ban is not a major hurdle, according to Evans. He would be eligible to play next season.

Right now, his first choice is UConn.

"It's hard for it not to be (my first choice) because I'm a hometown kid and it would be a great opportunity in general and hard to pass up...," Evans said. "It would be pretty cool if I ended up at UConn."

Reader Comments


Post-game breakdown: South Florida

  UConn did what it had to do during its two-game home-stand.

Pre-game preview: South Florida

UConn enters today's game sitting in fifth place in the American Athletic Conference.Tulsa (7-0) and SMU (7-1) are pulling away from the pack.

Post-game breakdown: Central Florida

  UConn has had issues putting teams away this season.  It happened again on Thursday.

Pre-game preview: Central Florida

   UConn begins an important two-game homestand tonight with an American Athletic Conference game against Central Florida.

Post-game breakdown: Stanford

After its latest damaging loss, UConn faces a long, hard road to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Pre-game preview: Stanford

UConn didn't lose its seventh game last season until March 8.The Huskies (9-6) are trying to avoid suffering their seventh defeat tonight at Stanford.

Post-game breakdown: Tulsa

   UConn suffered a major letdown against Tulsa on Tuesday night.   Almost nothing went right for the Huskies, who were simply out-played and out-worked for the first time in recent weeks.

Pre-game preview: Tulsa

  Remember when UConn’s big conference games used to be against Syracuse and Georgetown?

Post-game breakdown: Cincinnati

UConn is heating up at the right time.The Huskies scored an important 62-56 victory over Cincinnati today before a sold-out XL Center crowd of 15,564.

Pre-game preview: Cincinnati

It's too early in the season to place today's game in the must win category.

Post-game breakdown: South Florida

UConn completed a successful road trip on Tuesday.

Pre-game preview: South Florida

UConn is one of four American Athletic Conference teams still without a conference win heading into tonight’s game against South Florida at the Sun Dome.

Purvis: Time for us to turn our season around

UConn worked out at the University of Tampa’s beautiful Bob Martinez Athletics Center on Monday.

Sunny days for UConn

So far, UConn has enjoyed a successful road trip.

Post-game breakdown: Florida

This post-game breakdown is dedicated to Ryan Boatright.