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Tyreke Evans
Sacramento Kings  – No. 13
Born September 19, 1989 (1989-09-19) (age 20)
Chester, Pennsylvania
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Salary $3,610,080
College Memphis
Draft 4th overall, 2009
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2009–present
Awards 2008 McDonald's All-American Game MVP

2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge MVP

Tyreke Jamir Evans (born September 19, 1989 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player with the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He played college basketball for the University of Memphis, and was selected by the Sacramento Kings as the 4th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. [1]


High school

Evans grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, and was mainly raised by his three older brothers.[1] He attended American Christian Academy in Aston, Pennsylvania, and by his sophomore year began drawing comparisons to NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady.[2] As a senior, he averaged 32.1 points per game and was named the Most Valuable Player of the McDonald's All-American Game, where he posted 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to help lead the East team to a 107-102 victory over the West. At the age of 16, he was featured in the documentary Gunning for That #1 Spot directed by Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys.[3] Evans was chosen to be the keeper of the SLAM Magazine High School Diary for the 2008 season.[4]


In April 2008, Evans announced that he would attend the University of Memphis, after also considering Villanova University and the University of Texas.[5]

Evans transitioned from playing small forward in high school to guard in college. He struggled at times at the beginning of his freshman season at the shooting guard position. This continued until coach John Calipari inserted him as the starting point guard in the 11th game of the season, a 60-45 win over the University of Cincinnati. In 33 minutes, Evans nearly put up a triple-double, with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.[6] The Tigers would not lose another game until falling to the Missouri Tigers in the NCAA Tournament.

Evans was named the Conference USA Rookie of the Week eight times.[7]

Evans was the only freshman finalist for the 2009 U.S. Basketball Writers of America National Player of the year award, named in honor of Oscar Robertson.


On March 31, 2009, Evans declared himself eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft. Evans decided to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility. On June 25, 2009, Evans was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

On December 1, 2009, Evans was named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played from the beginning of the season through November[8]. During that time he averaged 18.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.33 steals in 36.1 minutes per game.

On December 21, 2009, he was instrumental in leading the Sacramento Kings back from a 35-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls, 102-98.[9]. Evans scored 9 of the Kings last 11 points, single-handedly outscoring the Bulls in the 4th quarter (11 points for Evans vs. 10 for the Bulls).

On January 4, 2010, Tyreke Evans was named Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for the second straight month.[10]

On February 12, 2010 Tyreke Evans won the 2010 Rookie/Sophomore Game MVP award after recording 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals on 11/15 shooting. In an act of sportsmanship, he chose to share the award with DeJuan Blair, who had scored 22 points and pulled down 23 rebounds.

On March 11, 2010, Evans recorded his first career triple-double in a win against the Toronto Raptors. Evans scored 19 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds.[11]

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