breaking: Former OU vice president now facing sexual battery lawsuit

NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Jawun Evans a new face late in Thunder’s season

Working in shooting drills alongside Donte Grantham and Hamidou Diallo on Monday, there was an unmistakable new face at the Thunder’s facility.

Jawun Evans was claimed off waivers by the Thunder last week as a two-way player and the former Oklahoma State guard had his first taste of practice on Monday. Evans spent last week primarily with the Oklahoma City Blue in its final week of the season.

Evans was a standout in Stillwater, averaging averaging 16.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 54 career games.

“It feels good to be back here,” Evans said. “It’s like another home for me. The guys have welcomed me tremendously. I’m just ready to just get to work.”

The 22-year-old will try to help the Thunder in practice in the final week of the regular season.

“He’s got a good feel of how to impact a team, how to be a leader, how to be a point guard,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, admitting he hasn’t had time to study Evans in a full practice, but was able to spend time with him. “He’s worked hard and he’s probably performed a lot better than people were expecting him from high school to college.”

In two NBA seasons, Evans has appeared in 55 games between the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix. In the little time he’s had with the Thunder, Evans said him and veteran point guard Raymond Felton have had good communication. Both Evans and Felton are from South Carolina.

“I’ve known him for a long time,” Felton said. “He’s a young kid that I’ve kind of watched his career grow from a little boy to a young man now. He’s extremely fast, quick and a good kid. A great player too. It’s good to see the young fella out here.”

Related Photos
Phoenix Suns' Jawun Evans (0) attempts a layup as Utah Jazz's Ricky Rubio, right, defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)

Phoenix Suns' Jawun Evans (0) attempts a layup as Utah Jazz's Ricky Rubio, right, defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f3363a66b7aac4b65f707c5009e3d542.jpg" alt="Photo - Phoenix Suns' Jawun Evans (0) attempts a layup as Utah Jazz's Ricky Rubio, right, defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)" title="Phoenix Suns' Jawun Evans (0) attempts a layup as Utah Jazz's Ricky Rubio, right, defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)"><figcaption>Phoenix Suns' Jawun Evans (0) attempts a layup as Utah Jazz's Ricky Rubio, right, defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5e0f692ef047d0a1529da4f8a3be545d.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Raymond Felton (2) passes away from LA's Jawun Evans (1) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 16, 2018. Oklahoma City won 121-113. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="Oklahoma City's Raymond Felton (2) passes away from LA's Jawun Evans (1) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 16, 2018. Oklahoma City won 121-113. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Raymond Felton (2) passes away from LA's Jawun Evans (1) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 16, 2018. Oklahoma City won 121-113. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ba26dbe20983aba8a7f2a383e7afe8f5.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) passes over Los Angeles' Brandon Ingram (14) during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) passes over Los Angeles' Brandon Ingram (14) during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) passes over Los Angeles' Brandon Ingram (14) during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure>
Erik Horne

Erik Horne is in his fourth season on the Thunder beat. Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013 following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The... Read more ›

Comments