Bakari Evelyn began his college basketball career in the Big Ten. It appears that he will finish it in that conference as well.
Evelyn visited Iowa back in June. The Hawkeyes had help in this recruitment, thanks to a previous relationship with assistant Sherman Dillard.
Iowa had been after Evelyn during his recruitment out of high school. That familiarity looks like it helped, with other programs like Cal, Minnesota, and Wisconsin showing interest in him.
After starting at Nebraska, Evelyn transferred to Valparaiso, where he averaged 12.6 points per game in 2017-18.
Evelyn was hampered by an ankle injury last season, but looks to take another big step forward this year. Now, it will be in Iowa City.
Iowa officially announced the addition of Bakari Evelyn to the Hawkeyes men’s basketball team.
He will help given the injury concerns around Jordan Bohannon, and transfer of Isaiah Moss over the last few months.
📝 Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
Bakari Evelyn joins the Hawkeye basketball family as a graduate transfer.
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) July 11, 2019
Head coach Fran McCaffery and Evelyn both spoke about the move in the release:
“We are thrilled to have Bakari join our program,” said McCaffery. “He’s a veteran who can play multiple positions. He can score and defend. Bakari will bring a presence to our program that we are excited about.”
“I’m excited to finally be able to join the team and get to work with the guys to learn and prepare for the upcoming season,” Evelyn said. “I chose Iowa because of the relationship I developed with coach McCaffery and (Sherman) Dillard and for the opportunity to wear the Black and Gold. It feels great to be part of the Hawkeye family.”
Iowa is coming off of a 23-12 season, in which the Hawkeyes nearly upset SEC power Tennessee in the Round of 32. Expectations will be pretty high entering next year, even with those injury and departure concerns, and Evelyn definitely provides some experienced back court depth that will be very valuable.