TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – RayQuan Evans, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play basketball at Florida State for Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff. Evans averaged 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in leading North Idaho College to its second consecutive NWAC championship.
In leading North Idaho to the 2019 NWAC Championship, Evans averaged 23.3 points in three tournament games including a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds in the Cardinals’ semifinal round victory over Everett Community College.
“I want to thank the coaching staff, my family, God and my teammates for pushing me to be where I am today,” said Evans. “It’s been a dream of mine to compete at the highest level and I’m excited to have the opportunity to make an impact at Florida State. I want to thank the coaching staff at Florida State because I believe they see something in me and are giving me a shot to play in the ACC. I could not be more thankful to them. I’m excited to get down to Tallahassee, bond with my new teammates and get my career as a Seminole started.”
Evans (6-4, 200), a guard, averaged in double figure scoring in both of his seasons at North Idaho as he led the Cardinals to a pair of conference championships. He was selected as the MVP of the conference tournament in both seasons as a Cardinal. In his two seasons at the school, he led North Idaho to a 56-10 record (.848 winning percentage). Evans averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists as a freshman at North Idaho.
He was named the NWAC Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Year in 2019.
“RayQuan did some amazing things during his career as a Cardinal,” said North Idaho Head Coach Corey Symons. “He is a two-time champion and a two-time Player of the Year. Ray can impact the game in many ways; he is a big-time athlete and has a great motor. I am certain he will continue to do great things at Florida State.”
Evans enjoyed an outstanding career at North Idaho. He led the Cardinals to a two-year combined record of 56-10; they finished with a 27-5 overall record in NWAC play including a perfect 16-0 record during the 2018-19 season.
In addition to averaging 18.2 points and 7.4 rebounds as a sophomore, he shot .552 percent from the field and .781 percent from the free throw line. He scored in double figures in each of his games as a sophomore with his season-high of 32 points coming in NIC’s victory over Walla Walla in the in the NWAC Tournament championship game. Evans scored at least 20 points 10 times as a sophomore and in 18 games as a freshman. He scored at least 40 points twice and at least 30 points five times as a freshman. His career high of 47 points came against Everett Community College with 42 points coming against Treasure Valley Community College as a freshman.
“RayQuan is a player we have had our eye on for quite a while,” said Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “He comes from the same program as Braian Angola so we know he is well coached and knows the game well. RayQuan is a very versatile player who will play multiple positions for us. His ability as a scorer, a distributer and a defender will allow him to quickly fit in with our players and into our system. His addition to our roster gives us another player who will help is immediately because of his ability and his maturity.”
Florida State has played in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and in the 2019 ACC Tournament Championship game. The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, set a school record for wins in a season with 29 and established the school-record for ACC wins in a season with 13 in 2019.
Florida State opens its 2019 season with an ACC game at Pitt on November 6. It marks the first time in school history the Seminoles will begin a season with a conference game.