Nebraska basketball got an unexpected "BOOM!" this morning with the news from Bakari Evelyn, a 6'2" 175 pound point guard hailing from Detroit, who plans to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period. Evelyn appears to fill the roster spot that opened up with the unexpected transfer of Tarin Smith last month. He'll join Chicago area point guard Glynn Watson in this fall's touted freshman class.
Evelyn transferred to the Phoenix area last summer after leading Southfield Christian to three straight Michigan Class D basketball titles in his freshman through junior seasons. Evelyn was twice named to the All-Michigan team in class D, which is the smallest class in Michigan high school basketball. He originally transferred to Gilbert Christian, but couldn't get the transfer cleared in the wake of questions surrounding the school's basketball program by the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The concern appeared to be focused on another player's relationship with the school's coaching staff prior to that player transferring to Gilbert Christian. He then transferred to Hillcrest Academy, where he averaged 24.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in nine games.
Evelyn was considering offers from UTEP, Oakland, Loyola-Chicago and Toledo.
From my research it seems Bakari Evelyn was a recruit with high major PG ability who got lost in a school shuffle. Was on radars in 2012.— Husker Hoops Central (@HuskerHC) April 14, 2015
Meanwhile, we still await word on Terran Petteway, who's away from Lincoln at his mother's funeral.