Through the first couple of its men's basketball games this season, IPFW has received solid play at the point guard position from two players. On Thursday, Mastodon coach Tony Jasick took a step to ensure that the position won't be a concern for many years to come.
Cathedral High School senior Mo Evans signed a national letter of intent to play for the Mastodons beginning next season.
“He is a quality guard that makes his teammates better,” Jasick said. “An area that he may not get as much publicity as he should is his leadership.”
Jasick watched Evans perform throughout this past summer and came away impressed. However, so did a number of other college programs.
The 6-foot-1 guard chose the Mastodons over Florida Atlantic, Northeastern, New Orleans, and Milwaukee.
“With his high school team,” Jasick explained, “which has a number of Division I guys on it, there is no question about it, he's the leader of every team that he's a part of.”
Evans averaged 8.9 points and 5.8 assists per game as a junior for the Irish and was rated in the "Second 12" by the Rick Bolus High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service. Cathedral has been tremendously successful. Last season, the Irish were ranked ninth overall in the 2012 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll.
Currently, Jasick is playing the duo of sophomore Isaiah McCray and junior Pierre Bland and they have both been effective. Bland will be in his final year of eligibility next season, while Evans is in his first. In the case of McCray, his versatility makes him an option at a number of varying perimeter spots.
Also figuring in the mix is the return of junior Justin Jordan from a knee injury suffered in the early summer. The former North Side standout has two seasons of eligibility remaining, but if he misses this season, IPFW could apply for a medical redshirt season and that would allow Jordan to play through 2015.
“Well, that will all shake out on the floor,” Jasick said of figuring out roles and playing time. “Isaiah can play three positions for us and so far, he's been such a tenacious defender, that he's going to play somewhere. Pierre is a good player and will be a senior and then Mo will be a freshman, which I think is a good situation for our program over the long haul.”
IPFW (1-1) will face Texas-Pan American today at 4:30 p.m. in the second of four games in the EMU "Ice Man" Classic at Eastern Michigan.
Following today's tilt, the Mastodons will play the host Eagles on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and then Eastern Illinois at 4 p.m. on Sunday.