Evan Gilyard is an elite student-athlete currently attending Simeon Academy in Chicago, Illinois. The 5’10 point guard is one of the most sought after high school players in the nation, currently ranked the #40 point guard in the country for the class of 2017 per ESPN. Playing for Meanstreets Chicago on the AAU circuit, Evan is creating buzz among college coaches that need a lightning quick point guard with good court vision, ability to score, while being an absolute lockdown defender.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on your performance at EYBL session 2, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us about how things are going for Meanstreets as a team and for your individually?
EG: Everything is going well for the team, just working on some chemistry but besides that it’s good. For me it was tough our first couple of tournaments but I’m bouncing back and getting back to normal.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
EG: I’m a high motor point guard who can make teammates better, create my own shot and create for others. I’m a lockdown defender and have a lot of heart, something you can’t teach, and I can shoot or whatever the coaching staff needs me to do.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
EG: Every day I do something to improve my game, whether its an individual workout or lifting weights.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
EG: My favorite subject is math.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
EG: I haven’t decided yet.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
EG: UAB, St. Louis, Dayton, Toledo, UIC, Chicago State, Loyola
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
EG: Minnesota, Iowa State, Tulsa, Iowa, Louisville
EM: Which schools do you hear from the most?
EG: Dayton, UAB, Tulsa, Minnesota
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
EG: I will probably attend the Tulsa team camp, but nothing planned other than that as of now.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
EG: Academics, style of play, and playing time.
EM: Do you have a decision timeline?
EG: Not at this time.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
EG: My goal is to make it to the NBA, and be one of the best point guards to ever play.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
EG: Always work hard at everything you do, don’t ever give up when things go hard cause you have to fail in order to know how to succeed and be yourself.
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