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RAYQUAN EVANS

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RayQuan Evans

(Updated August 2022)
position
Guard
height
6-4
weight
210
year
Junior
hometown
Billings, Mont.
high school
Billings Skyview
other college
North Idaho College

RAYQUAN EVANS'S CAREER HIGHS

PTS: 28 vs. Clemson (2-15-22)
REBS: 7 vs. Notre Dame (3-2-22)
BLKS: 4 vs. Tulane (11-17-21)
STLS: 4 vs. Chattanooga (11-20-19)
ASTS: 10 vs. NC State (3-5-22)

HONORS

2020 ACC Regular Season Championship Team
2020 ACC Championship Team
2021 Florida State University Graduate (Social Sciences)
2022 Golden Nole for Men’s Basketball (Florida State Athletics)

WHY I WEAR MY NUMBER

There is no particular reason why I will wear No. 0 during my career at Florida State. I wore the same number at Northern Idaho and I really like the way it looks. It’s a unique number and I feel that I’m a unique player.

Evans is the third player in school history to wear No. 0 following Pierre Jordan (2009-11) and Phil Cofer (2015-19). Both Jordan (2009, 2010 and 2011) and Cofer (2017, 2018, and 2019) were members of three NCAA Tournament teams and both played in one ACC Championship game (Jordan in 2009 and Cofer in 2019).

WHAT'S IN A NAME

My full name is RayQuan Ethan Evans.  My dad took the name of one of the singers, Raekwon, from the 1990’s band Wu Tang Clan, and put his own spin on the spelling for my first name.  Ethan, from the Bible, came from my mom.  The name Ethan means strong, firm and long-lived.

MY HOMETOWN

My hometown of Billings, Montana, is in southern Montana.  It’s a very simple place where I enjoyed growing up.  One of the most unique things about Billings is that it is home to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument where Lieutenant George Custer was killed.

ON EVANS

Earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Florida State University on April 23, 2021…the best of his three seasons at Florida State came during the 2022-23 season as he averaged career-high statistics for points (8.0), rebounds (2.5), assists (3.2) and steals (1.5)…led the Seminoles in assists and steals in his final season…one of the top free throw shooters in school history, he finished his career ranked third in Florida State history with a .823 career free throw shooting percentage…his .855 free throw shooting percentage for the 2022-23 season is tied for the sixth best single-season free throw shooting percentage in school history…he finished his career as one of only eight players in school history with a career free throw shooting percentage at .855 or better…started 18 games as Florida State’s point guard in leading the Seminoles to a second place finish in the ACC standings, the championship game of the ACC Tournament, the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and the a No. 10 final national ranking in the ESPN Coaches Poll…played five seasons of college basketball – two at North Idaho College and three at Florida State…decided to play in his fifth season after participating in Senior Day ceremonies with his teammates on March 3, 2021 against Boston College at the Donald L. Tucker Center…helped lead the Seminoles to a 17-14 overall record and a 10-10 mark in ACC play…played in 80 games as a Seminoles and earned 44 total starting assignments…a starter in 26 of Florida State’s 31 games in 2022…played in 24 of Florida State’s 25 games and started each of the final 18 games of the year during the 2020-21 season…came off the bench in each of his 29 appearances and made Florida State a better basketball team during the 2019-20 season…played in double figure minutes in 12 of Florida State’s final 15 games of the 2020 as it solidified itself as the top team in the ACC by winning the regular season ACC championship for the first time in school history…the Seminoles finished with a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 mark in ACC play in his first season at Florida State…the Seminoles’ 16 ACC wins ranks as a school record for regular season ACC wins…Florida State totaled an 18-7 overall mark and an 11-4 slate in league play during his second season…played on two top-two ACC teams in his first two seasons – the Seminoles earned a first place league finish in 2019-20 and a second place finish during the 2020-21 season…the second player from North Idaho to play basketball for Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton as he followed in the footsteps of Braian Angola who is now playing professionally in Europe…averaged in double figure scoring in both of his seasons at North Idaho as he led the Cardinals to a pair of conference championships…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)…scored at least 20 points 10 times as a sophomore and in 18 games as a freshman…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…signed with North Idaho College following his stellar high school career after first committing to Rocky Mountain College…earned two awards at the Seminoles’ 2020 Honors Banquet: The First Year Academic Achievement Award and the Unsung Hero Award…earned three awards at the Men’s Basketball Honors Banquet hosted Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff…took home the Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player award and Otto Petty Most Assists award while sharing the award as Florida State’s top free throw shooter.

AS A REDSHIRT SENIOR (2022)

Averaged a career-high 8.0 points (fifth on the team), a career-high 2.5 rebounds (seventh), a career-high 3.2 assists (first) and a career-high 1.5 steals (first) while making a career-high 18 3-point field goals as he enjoyed best of his three seasons as a Seminole…was Florida State’s primary point guard in his 27 games played – including his career-high 26 starting assignments…his career-best single-season free throw shooting percentage of .855 is tried for the sixth-best single-season free throw shooting percentage in school history…helped Florida State to a 17-14 overall record and a 10-10 mark in ACC play…ranked fifth in the ACC with a career-best 2:1 assist:turnover ratio in his 27 games played…was only one of five players in the ACC who earned an A:TO Ratio of 2.0 or better among All-ACC guards…ranked ninth in the ACC in steals with his career-high 1.5 steals per game average…finished the season tied for 14th in the ACC with his 3.2 assists per game average…established career-highs for games started (26), minutes played (671), minutes played per game (24.9), field goals made (72), field goals attempted (183), 3-point field goals made (18), 3-point field goals attempted (54), free throws made (53), free throws attempted (62), free throw shooting percentage (.855), total points (215), points scored per game (8.0), defensive rebounds (597), total rebounds (68), rebounds per game (2.5), blocked shots (11) and steals (41) in his final season as a Seminole…enjoyed his most prolific scoring season as he scored a career-high 215 points and averaged a career-high 8.0 points scored per game…totaled his career-high of 28 points on seven made field goals, 12 of 13 made free throws and 4 assists in Florida State’s 81-80 win over Clemson at the Donald L. Tucker Center…tied the game at 80 and made the game-winning free throw with 14 seconds remaining to be played in the victory (Feb. 15)…the Seminoles’ leading scorer with 28 points in their win over Clemson…scored in double figures in a career-high seven games – three more games in double figures than he scored in the first two games of the season (four)…double figure scoring came in the season-opener against Penn (Nov. 10, 14 points) and in ACC play at home against Miami (Jan. 11, 11 points), at Syracuse (Jan. 15, 15 points), against Clemson at home (Feb. 2, 11 points), at North Carolina (Feb. 12, 13 points), his career-high of 28 at home against Clemson, and against Notre Dame at home (March 2, 12 points)…Florida State was 6-1 when Evans scored in double figures during the 2022-23 season…in leading the Seminoles in assists, he totaled five or more assists in a career-high eight games with his career-high of 10 assists coming in the Seminoles’ senior-night victory over NC State (March 5)… scored 5 points with 10 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot in Florida State’s 89-76 win over the Wolfpack at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Senior Day in Tallahassee (March 5)…totaled 8 points and 6 assists in Florida State’s 81-58 victory over Missouri in the finals of the Inaugural Jacksonville Classic…the Seminoles defeated Missouri, 81-58, in the championship game of the tournament (Nov. 22)…five assists came against Penn (Nov. 10), at Syracuse (Feb. 15), against Duke (Jan. 18), at Georgia Tech (Jan. 26), against Pittsburgh (Feb. 9), against Notre Dame (March 2) and against NC State (March 5)…earned a single-season career-high 41 assists (1.5 steals per game) as a redshirt senior – 22 more then he earned in the first two seasons of career combined (19)…multiple steals in 16 of the 27 games he played in with his season-high of three steals coming against Penn, at home against Duke and at Georgia Tech…totaled 14 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals as a starter in Florida State’s season-opening win over Penn at the Donald L. Tucker Center…led the Seminoles in assists and was three of four from the 3-point line in the 105-70 win over the Quakers…totaled 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 1 steal against Syracuse in the Seminoles ACC home opener at the Donald L. Tucker Center…totaled a career-high 3 blocked shots against the Orange (Dec. 4)…totaled 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot and 1 steal in Florida State’s 83-81 win over NC State in Raleigh…his second half block of a Cam Hayes lay-up attempt helped the Seminoles keep the momentum and take the win (Jan. 1)…totaled 11 points, four rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in Florida State’s 65-64 win over Miami at the Donald L. Tucker Center…made the game winning free throws with 0.8 seconds left to play after driving the basket and getting fouled…his two free throws gave Florida State its’ home victory over the Hurricanes…scored 15 points with 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals in Florida State’s 76-71 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome…made two free throws with 3 seconds left to play to secure the Seminoles’ second ACC road win of the season…scored 6 points with 5 assists and 3 steals in Florida State’s 79-78 overtime win over No. 5 Duke at the Donald L. Tucker in Tallahassee…tied the game at 67-67 on a layup with 1.4 seconds left to play in regulation…he then won the game with two of two free throws with 12.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give Florida State the win…totaled 7 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound and 1 assist in Florida State’s 86-73 win over UNF in Tallahassee (Jan. 20)…scored 7 points with 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal in Florida State’s 61-60 win over Miami on the road in Coral Gables (Jan. 22)…scored 11 points to go along with 2 steals and 1 assist in Florida State’s game at Clemson…in double figures with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists against North Carolina in the Dean Smith (Feb. 12)…totaled 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in Florida State’s 74-70 win over Notre Dame at the Donald L. Tucker Center…made two free throws with 9 seconds remaining to give the Seminoles an insurmountable lead and the home win…totaled 4 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in Florida State’s game against Syracuse at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the second round of the ACC Tournament (March 9).

AS A SENIOR (2021)

Averaged 5.1 points (eighth on the team), 2.0 rebounds (seventh) and 1.4 assists as Florida State’s starting point guard over the course of the final 18 games of the season…played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career as he led Florida State to the Sweet 16 of the 2021 NCAA Tournament…helped lead Florida State to a second place finish in the ACC standings, to the championship game of the 2021 ACC Tournament and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament…totaled a 2-1 record in the NCAA Tournament and a 1-1 record in his first career ACC Tournament as Florida State’s starting point guard…Florida State was 13-5 with Evans as the starter at the point guard position with wins coming against nine different ACC teams during the regular season, North Carolina during the ACC Tournament as well as UNC Greensboro and Colorado in the NCAA Tournament…his 44 wins during the first two seasons at Florida State (44-12) made the Seminoles are the winningest team in the ACC in the last two seasons with Evans in the lineup…Virginia was second with 41 wins and a 41-12 record…with Evans at the helm of Florida State’s offense during the 2020-21 season, Florida State ranked first in scoring offense (77.2 ppg), first in scoring margin (+8.0 ppg), first in 3-point field goal percentage (.376), third in field goal percentage (.474) and third in free throws made (351)…helped the Seminoles defeat four nationally ranked teams — No. 25 Florida (Dec. 12), No. 20 Clemson (Jan. 23), No. 7 Virginia (Feb. 15) and No. 22 Colorado (March 22)…each of the teams the Seminoles defeated played in the 2021 NCAA Tournament…scored his season-high of 24 points in Florida State’s 105-73 win over NC State in Tallahassee…his 24 points were tied for the most points by a Seminoles player with RaiQuan Gray’s 24 points against Wake Forest (Jan. 13)…double figure scoring in four games with all four coming against ACC competition (24 against NC State, 12 at Pittsburgh, 11 at Louisville and 10 at home against North Carolina)….all four of his double figure scoring games led to Florida State victories…totaled eight points and four rebounds in Florida State’s 72-59 win over Gardner-Webb at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Dec. 21)…scored nine points to go along with two rebounds in Florida State’s game at Clemson (Dec. 29)…as a first-time starter, he totaled a season-high 24 points and a season-high six rebounds in Florida State’s 105-73 win over NC State at the Donald L. Tucker Center…in double figures with 10 points, four assists and three steals in Florida State’s victory over North Carolina at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Jan. 16)…in double figures for the third consecutive games with 11 points, three rebounds and one steal in Florida State’s victory over Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center (Jan. 18)…scored five points to go along with five rebounds and three assists against Georgia Tech in Atlanta (Jan. 30)…totaled 12 points on a career-high 10 made free throws in Florida State’s 79-72 win at Pittsburgh at the Peterson Events Center (Feb. 20)…totaled six points, two rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots as a starter on Senior Night in Florida State’s 93-64 win over Boston College at the Donald L. Tucker Center (March 3)…totaled two points and one blocked shot as a starter in Florida State’s 71-53 win over Colorado in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis…the victory sent the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season (March 22).

AS A JUNIOR (2020)

Averaged 3.2 points (12th on the team), 1.2 rebounds (10th) and 1.4 assists (tied for fourth) as he played in 29 of Florida State’s 31 games…continued to improve throughout his first season as a Seminole and was playing his best basketball deep into February and March…helped the Seminoles finish with a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 record in ACC play…averaged nearly 12 minutes played per game in leading the Seminoles to the first Regular Season ACC Championship in school history…the Seminoles’ 16 wins in ACC play established a school record for ACC regular season wins in the first season of 20 conference games…Florida State finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally – the highest final ranking in school history…the Seminoles moved into the nation’s top-10 in the national rankings on January 13 (Week 11) and stayed in the top 10 for the remainder of the season…made his Florida State debut with three minutes played in the Seminoles’ 79-74 win over Western Carolina (Nov. 15)…totaled four points, four steals and two assists in Florida State’s victory over Chattanooga in the first round of the Emerald Coast Classic in Tallahassee…first extended playing time for the Seminoles with 14 minutes played in the Florida State’s victory over the Mocs (Nov. 20)…scored six points, pulled down five rebounds earned one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in Florida State’s victory over Saint Francis (Nov. 23)…totaled six points, two assists and one steal in Florida State’s victory over Chicago State in the second round of the Emerald Coast Classic in Tallahassee (Nov. 25)…totaled four points – including the first made 3-point shot of his Seminole career — along with two rebounds and two assists in Florida State’s victory over USF in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 21)…totaled seven points, two rebounds and one assist in Florida State’s victory over North Alabama in Tallahassee (Dec. 28)…totaled seven points, one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot in Florida State’s victory over Louisville on the road in ACC play (Jan. 4)…totaled seven points and one rebound in 12 minutes of playing time in Florida State’s victory over North Carolina in Tallahassee (Feb. 3)…a season-high eight points, a season-high four rebounds and three assists in Florida State’s 99-81 victory over Miami in Tallahassee (Feb. 8)…totaled six points, four assists and two rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Syracuse in Tallahassee (Feb. 15)…totaled three points, a season-high six assists and a season-high tying four rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Boston College…the Seminoles’ win over the Eagles gave Florida State the first regular season ACC Championship in school history with a 16-4 record in the first 20 game season in conference history (March 7).

AT NORTH IDAHO

Graduated from North Idaho College in 2019 with an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design…recognized as the Northwest Athletic Conference Male Basketball Athlete of the Year in 2019…named to the All-East Region Defensive Team and as the East Region MVP in 2019…led the Cardinals to a two-year combined record of 56-10; they finished with a combined 27-5 overall record in NWAC play including a perfect 16-0 record during the 2018-19 season…averaged 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in leading North Idaho to its second consecutive Northwest Athletic Conference championship… shot .552 percent from the field and .781 percent from the free throw line in his second season…scored in double figures in each of his games as a sophomore with his season-high of 32 points, six assists and two steals coming in NIC’s victory over Walla Walla in the NWAC Tournament championship game as a senior…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…averaged 10 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a freshman at North Idaho…totaled 28 points to lead North Idaho to a 90-83 victory over Peninsula and claim its first ever NWAC Title…in winning the NWAC title in 2018, the Cardinals defeated a pair of No. 1 seeds to win the championship…among the league leaders in steals.

AT BILLINGS SKYVIEW

Graduated from Billings Skyview High School in 2017…earned All-State honors as named by USA Today…earned Class AA All-State First Team and Eastern Class AA All-Conference First Team honors as a senior…averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game as he led the Falcons to a third place finish in the state championship tournament as a senior…totaled 38 points in the consolation final to secure Skyview’s third place finish…averaged 14.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists as a junior…played in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star game following the conclusion of his senior season…scored 10 points to lead Montana to the 93-78 victory in the first game of the All Star weekend…totaled 12 points in the second game which was also won by Montana.

PERSONAL

Born September 16, 1998…RayQuan is the son of LaVern OldElk and Israel Evans…a member of the Crow Tribe and Greasy Mouth clan… spent a portion of his childhood on the Crow Indian Reservation near Hardin, about an hour east of Billings…his dad played basketball at the University of Montana…played two seasons as a forward at Montana (1993 and 1994)…his father averaged 9.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocks during his career…three brothers – Tray, Tye and Cam….originally from (and born in) Georgetown, S.C…moved back to  Montana to begin his freshman year of high school…selected Florida State over Utah State, Washington State, Gonzaga, Georgia, Oregon and Utah…initially committed to Utah State before signing his National Letter of Intent to attend Florida State in April of 2019…earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science in 2021.