Neutral Zone: Tyreke Evans may not play

Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans did not attend a Friday press conference for Saturday's Neutral Zone Shootout at Louisville Gardens. Evans, who is not in Louisville with the American Christian team, may not play tomorrow against Findley Prep.

Tyreke Evans did not attend a Friday press conference for Saturday's Neutral Zone Shootout at Louisville Gardens.

Evans, who is not in Louisville with the American Christian team, may not play tomorrow because of the deaths of his grandfather and great grandfather this week.

With or without Evans, American Christian will have their hands full with Findley (NV) Prep, which features Kentucky signee DeAndre Liggins and top junior prospect Clarence Trent. Findley is 26-0 on the season.

If Evans doesn't play, Lamont Jones, a Louisville commit, will have to take up the slack for his team.


Lamont Jones scored 34 points
in December at Freedom Hall.

"He's going to have to bring a whole lot more if Tyreke Evans doesn't play," said Tony Bergeron, American Christian coach. "(Lamont) is fantastic. If you put him on 95 percent of the high school teams in America he's the number one player on the team. Yet he left Rice where he won a state championship to come play with what a lot of people would deem as second fiddle to Tyreke Evans."

"(But) he's down here averaging 22 points per game and has made 115 three's. He's playing some defense – his alphabet used to be A, B, C, E. But now he's added the D, so he's doing really well with it. I'm very happy for him to be going to Louisville and following Edgar (Sosa)."

Jones, along with Tyreke Evans, has helped lead American Christian to an impressive 26-4 record this season with three of those losses coming in overtime.

The last time American Christian played in Louisville two months ago, Jones torched the nets at Freedom Hall for 34 points and five three-pointers. Jones, who describes himself as a "combo guard" had this advice for his opponents:

"I would tell (people) not to give me any space," Jones said. "If you do I'll go past you."

Of his last experience playing in Louisville, Jones said:

"It was great. It doesn't get any better than that as a high school player coming out to a college that you're going to be playing for in a few years from now. Playing in that atmosphere was great. I felt like I owed the fans something so I gave them a show."

When asked if he hears from other schools who are trying to recruit him, Jones said, "Not often. Not really."

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