Last season, RJ Evans came off the bench to provide leadership, experience and stability to the Huskies' young backcourt. Evans arrived in Storrs as a graduate student after a successful career at Holy Cross, where he scored more than 1,200 points. Now with his UConn diploma in hand, Evans is off to work -- in England.
But this isn't your typical tale of college graduate heading off to Europe to begin the next phase of their adult life, this is a case where Evans, a backup with the Huskies, wanting to prolong his basketball career. So he sent out some feelers and a former Holy Cross teammates hooked him up with the Durham Wildcats of the British Basketball League, who were looking for a big shooting guard who could also play defense. Enter the 6-3, 240-pound Evans.
Evans is obviously excited about the opportunity, but concedes that he'll miss being so far away from home.
“I’m a momma’s boy, I stayed close,” Evans told the Norwich Bulletin's Marc Allard, before adding: “It’s been a dream of mine to play professional basketball and I’m happy it panned out.”
According to Allard, Durham, in it's third year in the BBL, is a team in transition. The team has a new coach, Lee Davis, after winning just 13 games the last two years.
“It’s an adventure,” Evans said. “I’m going to be living on my own, in another country, and I can’t come home when I feel like it, but I will survive.”