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Top-50 incoming junior Amari Evans talks recruitment, move to OTE

July 14, 2023

Talk about keeping your foot on the gas and moving forward, look no further than 6-foot-5 guard Amari Evans.

After having his high school season cut short due to injury, Evans entered the AAU season with a scholarship offer from Bryant, his lone offer. Fast forward to now, Evans has 10+ scholarships with the two most recent ones being from Villanova and Xavier.

Evans had some big-time performances on the EYBL circuit over the last few weeks. The notable one? 23 points and 7 boards against Maine United, who is led by one of the nation’s top recruits regardless of class, Cooper Flagg.

Shortly after, Evans, who made a move to OSL in Bronx, NY, announced a move to Overtime Elite. Evans maintained his eligibility and following the move, he gained tons of new interests and several new scholarship offers.

Originally playing his ball in Pittsburgh, Evans was a growing prospect in the area but has now taken off after moves to NYC and Overtime Elite.

Evans talked about his recruitment with and briefly talked about a move to OTE.

Which schools are the heaviest involved?

“Marquette talks to me the most, Oklahoma State also.”

Which other schools have offered that are still in the mix?

“Villanova, Providence, Penn State.”

How about new interests that haven’t been offered?

“Tennessee, Xavier, Virginia, and Iowa State.”

What’s Villanova’s pitch to you and thoughts on their offering?

“That’s a big offer for me. Other people love it because it's close. [The pitch] is they like how I play hard and fit their program. They also said I play like Josh Hart.”

How about Marquette?

“I love Marquette. I love how the coaches make sure they reach out to me and my people in my circle.”


“I love Coach English, he’s a great guy.”

Any visits?

“No, not yet.”

Describe your move to OTE.

“OTE was a great move for me. It has all the resources to make me great and I also love the staff that they have and how invested they are in the players.”

And describe your game.

“I describe my game as a two-way wing. I can score it, pass it, and rebound. Most importantly, I can defend every position.”

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