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Evans Looking To Follow In Footsteps Of Past Bonnies Stars

St. Bonaventure wing Barry Evans comes from the same Putnam Science Academy program as Osun Osunniyi and Kyle Lofton. Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure Athletics

Hardworking. Talented. Loving.

Those are the three words Barry Evans uses to describe himself.

The hard work was on display for those around the Reilly Center this summer as he was on campus for both summer sessions working on his game and getting a feel for the Bonaventure system.

The talent, well, that’s been clear to see from his days at Putnam Science Academy when he helped key a national prep championship for the Mustangs.

Sound familiar?

Barry Evans says he models his game after Kevin Durant and could bring a scoring threat on the wing for the Bonnies. Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure Athletics

Well, if he is anything like the last two Putnam alums who led a national championship squad there before attending St. Bonaventure, Bonnies fans are sure to love him.

The 6-foot-8 wing averaged nearly 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals per game this past year while starting all 37 contests for PSA.

The Baltimore native kept Putnam’s unblemished record intact thanks to a putback with one second remaining in a game against Brewster and he finished the year shooting better than 51% from the floor.

“Barry can do a lot of things really, really well,” Mustangs coach Tom Espinosa said when Evans announced his commitment to Bonaventure last November. “He can play anywhere on the wing, and I can see him playing the 5-spot for us when we go small. He can defend any position. He can rebound, push it up the floor himself, and pull up and hit a 3-pointer. He can get to the rim and find the open man. We haven’t had many guys like Barry.”

Those words stand tall when considering the amount of talented players graduated by Putnam, a basketball powerhouse that only seems to improve year over year.

Names like Lofton and Osunniyi.

Evans follows in their footsteps, becoming the third Mustangs player in the last four years to commit to St. Bonaventure.

And it was words from those two former Bonnies greats that helped influence Evans’ decision to be a Bonnie.

“They said that St. Bonaventure is built around underrated people and I felt that I was underrated too,” he said in his commitment release. “When I got there it felt like a family and where I belonged. I glued with the guys real well. We connected and it felt like I knew them, same as with here at Putnam. I just felt it, really. My mom felt it, my dad felt it. They’re the closest people to me and if I’m feeling it too, why not make that decision.”

Evans, who says he models his game after Kevin Durant, could bring a true scoring threat on the wing for the Bonnies. But he aims to be an all-around contributor in a Bonnies uniform.

“I bring a lot of energy, a lot of dunks. I can guard all five positions, I just need to get my catch-and-shoot jump shot and off-the-dribble jump shot and I feel I’ll have a complete game.

“My first look is to get a teammate going before myself,” he continued. “I’ve always been like that since a kid. But when it’s time to attack and score I can do that, too.”

In a roster full of newcomers, Evans was the first to join the program. He signed his National Letter of Intent during the early signing period last fall. He also spent as much time as anyone on campus this summer as well, working on his game in the Reilly Center day after day, week after week to prepare for the jump to the Atlantic 10 level.

That extra work could pay off when the season begins.

“I went to both sessions, so I got to see everybody,” he said. “It was fun getting to meet everybody and getting to know them on and off the court.”

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