Maurice Evans (2001)
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One-year letterwinner for the Longhorns ... decided to forego his senior season and become an early-entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft ... versatile swingman with outstanding athletic ability ... solid offensive rebounder ... transferred from Wichita State University on May 4, 1999.
As a Junior in 2000-01
Starting swingman who earned third-team All-Big 12 honors by the coaches and honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades by the media ... also earned a spot on the five-man Big 12 All-Newcomer squad ... three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week award winner (Dec. 5, Feb. 26 and Mar. 5) ... started all 34 games ... led the team in scoring (15.6 ppg), double-figure games (32), steals (44) and 20-point games (eight) ... also ranked third on the squad in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and blocks (21) and fourth in assists (56) ... anchored Texas' late-season run, averaging 16.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg while hitting 45.8% (55-of-120) of his field goals and 42.4% (28-of-66) of his three-pointers in the last 10 games ... top three-point shooter on the team, converting 38.9% from three-point range including 43.8% during Big 12 play ... his 38.9% season mark ranked eighth on the school's list for single-season three-point percentage ... reached the 20-point plateau in four consecutive games early in the season (23 vs. UT-San Antonio on Nov. 28; 21 vs. SW Texas on Dec. 2; 22 at South Florida on Dec. 9; 23 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 16), becoming the first player in the Rick Barnes era (first since Reggie Freeman in 1996-97) to accomplish the feat ... earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 5 for his efforts in the wins over UT-San Antonio and Southwest Texas ... averaged 22.0 ppg while hitting 17-of-28 (.607) field goals and 7-of-15 (.467) threes during the two contests ... posted 18 points and a career-high five steals in the victory over Utah (Dec. 30) ... had 18 points (7-of-11 FG) and eight boards in the Big 12 opener vs. Oklahoma State (Jan. 6) ... registered 21 points (7-of-9 FG), four steals and three blocks at Texas A&M (Jan. 17) ... posted his first double-double as a Longhorn with 15 points and 10 boards in the loss at Oklahoma (Jan. 24) ... earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for the second time on Feb. 26 for his performances at Baylor and vs. #6 Iowa State ... averaged 23.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg while hitting 15-of-24 (.625) field goals and 8-of-13 (.615) threes during the two games ... had 18 points (5-of-10 FG) and five boards at Baylor while holding Terry Black to just seven points on 3-of-7 shooting ... registered a season-high 28 points on 10-of-14 FG (5-of-6 threes) and a game-high eight rebounds vs. Iowa State ... set career highs (at Texas) in points, field goals made and three-pointers made ... named Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Mar. 5 for his efforts vs. Missouri and at Texas Tech ... averaged 19.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg while hitting 14-of-25 FG and 8-of-15 threes in the two wins ... posted 21 points on 8-of-12 FG (5-of-8 threes), nine boards and four assists vs. Missouri (Feb. 26) ... had 18 points on 6-of-13 FG (3-of-7 threes), four boards and four assists at Texas Tech (Mar. 3) ... had 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting and seven boards in the Big 12 semifinal win over Baylor (Mar. 10).
At Texas in 1999-2000
Sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules, but was allowed to practice with the team ... named to the Big 12 Commissioner's honor roll for the Spring 2000 semester ... one of 10 players selected to play for a collegiate all-star team (One World Select, coached by Texas assistant Rob Lanier) in a tour of Greece (June 11-20) ... averaged 10.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the team which won the Nea Moudania Tournament.
As a Sophomore at Wichita State in 1998-99
Second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection ... led the conference and ranked ninth in Division I in scoring (22.6 ppg) ... also led the team in blocks (22) and finished third on the squad in both rebounding (4.6 rpg) and steals (23) ... fourth on the team in assists (57) ... posted five 30-point games and eighteen 20-point performances ... shot 46.1% from the floor, 42.1% (69-of-164) from three-point range and 79.2% from the free throw line ... went 19-of-36 (.527) from beyond the arc over the final eight games of the season ... posted 30 points against Rutgers (Nov. 29) ... recorded 33 points (8-of-16 threes) at Illinois State (Dec. 12) ... scored a career-high 38 points in 27 minutes vs. Florida A&M (Dec. 19) ... tallied 33 points at Indiana State (Jan. 7) ... posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks vs. Evansville (Feb. 4) ... recorded 30 points at Northern Iowa.
As a Freshman at Wichita State in 1997-98
Named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer team ... ranked second on the team in scoring (12.1 ppg) ... his 12.1 season scoring average ranked in a tie for fifth on the school's freshman scoring chart ... led the team in scoring 12 times ... recorded 19 double-figure scoring games ... posted 23 points against Kansas State ... tied a school single-game record with six 3-pointers at Southern Illinois ... named Most Valuable Player at the Cessna Classic, averaging 17.5 ppg over the two contests ... recorded back-to-back 20-point outings in games against Northern Iowa and Bradley ... collected his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Illinois State ... averaged 18.0 ppg in the final six games.
Wichita Collegiate High School in Wichita, Kansas (head coach Mitch Fiegel) ... ranked in the top 25 nationally by some analysts ... Kansas High School Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior ... averaged 19.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 20 games during his senior year ... also named the Kansas 3A Player of the Year during his junior season, after leading his team to the state title ... first-team All-State choice as a junior, while averaging 20.6 points and 9.1 rebounds ... helped his squad to a 79-18 record during his four years at Collegiate ... also scored 11 points in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game following his senior season.
Full name is Maurice Eugene Evans ... son of George and Cathy Evans ... born Nov. 8, 1978 in Wichita, Kan. ... majoring in kinesiology.