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Isaiah Evans Named NC Mr. Basketball



County Sports

Vikings Third 4A Championship

Last week, Isaiah Evans, a senior at North Mecklenburg High School, was recognized as the top boys' high school basketball player in North Carolina, earning the prestigious title of Mr. Basketball. On the cusp of March Madness, Evans was honored once again as the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, just one day after being named MaxPreps' N.C. Player of the Year. Armard Moore, coach of Mooresville High boys' basketball team, praised Evans as a "generational gift" and the best high school basketball player he's ever coached against, highlighting his impressive skills in shooting, playmaking, defending, and overall excellence on the court.

Standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing 177 pounds, McDonald's All-American signee for Duke, Isaiah Evans clinched the Mr. Basketball title over finalists Paul McNeil of Richmond Senior and Drake Powell of Northwood, both of whom have signed with prominent North Carolina universities. Evans' remarkable performance led North Mecklenburg to a 30-3 record and their third N.C. 4A state championship, averaging 27.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.4 steals, and 1.3 blocks for the Vikings. Ranked 11th nationally in his senior class, Evans showcased his talent with a remarkable 48-point display against Myers Park in the state quarterfinals, solidifying his reputation as a standout player.

Coach Duane Lewis of North Mecklenburg lauded Evans as a truly special player, emphasizing his impact on the court and dedication to the game. Starting his varsity career as a sophomore, Evans has accumulated over 2,000 career points in three seasons, drawing parallels to basketball stars Brandon Ingram and Kevin Durant for his scoring prowess and striking resemblance in style of play.

“I get the Brandon Ingram and Kevin Durant comparisons,” Evans said. “But, I don’t know, I’m just a different type of player. I’m my own type of player.”

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