menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset
Jawun Evans

Jawun Evans Goes International

  • Date:
    Jun 20, 2015

When Jawun Evans (Kimball H.S./Dallas, Texas) takes the floor for the USA in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Crete, Greece, he will be surrounded by seven gold-medalist for teammates.  

The 6-foot guard from Dallas, Texas, is the only USA player who has recently completed a year of high school without international experience.

Teammates Terrance Ferguson (Homeschooled/Dallas, Texas), Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.), Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep, Calif./Southfield, Mich.) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.), none of whom yet have college experience, were members of the gold-medal winning 2013 FIBA Americas U16 National team and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship team.  

Three additional U19 team members helped the U.S. to gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, including Jalen Brunson (Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.), Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Nev./Seattle, Wash.).

The remaining members of the USA U19 team are rising college sophomores, including Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech/Dayton, Ohio), Chinanu Onauku (Louisville/Lanham, Md.), L.J. Peak (Georgetown/Gaffney, S.C.) and Thomas Welsh (UCLA/Redondo Beach, Calif.).

His lack of international playing experience is why Evans agreed to participate in the 2015 USA Basketball U19 team training camp. 

“I thought it would be a big learning deal for me,” said Evans. “It would get me better as a person and a player.

“It is a great experience being around the top high school players in the country and some of the college players that I have watched on TV. It is a great thing.”

During training camp, Evans said he has focused on being himself, regardless of who else was in the gym.

“I am hungry to get better and humbled because that is who I am. I don’t really talk much.

“It was that hunger that bought me to training camp. Throughout all my seasons of working hard in high school and AAU, that is what has gotten me to where I am now.”

As a prep athlete, Evans averaged 25.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists a game in his senior campaign. He helped Kimball to the Texas Class 4A state championship title as a junior, averaging 22.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 8.1 assists a game. In the state semifinal victory against Beaumont Central, he pumped in 23 points.

Though Evans says he is not an extrovert off the court, he does try to be a source of excitement and energy on the court.

 “I don’t talk much, but I have a defensive energy,” Evans explained. “I am a different person on the court.

“I have the ability to play defense, get my teammates involved and score. I think my role will be to get the team energized on defense and pushing the ball up the floor.”

Alongside seven gold medalist, Evans and his USA teammates are looking to help USA Basketball capture back-to-back gold medals at the FIBA U19 World Championship for just the second time since capturing consecutive world titles in 1979 and 1983.

In addition to winning, Evans is looking forward to exploring a different country, something he has never done before.

“I don’t know what to expect. I have just been thinking about what I have seen in movies.”

The USA will travel to Crete, Greece and train for five days before beginning play in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship on June 27 versus Iran.

When the gold medal game is completed on July 5, Evans and his 11 USA teammates hope to be standing atop the medal podium, sporting a shiny gold medal.

Related Tags:

Related Videos

2019 USA Men's U19 Sights And Sounds // Training Camp


Get an inside look at the USA Men's U19 World Cup Team training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bruce Weber Speaks About His USA U19 Team


USA U19 World Cup head coach Bruce Weber finally has his 12-man USA roster set and he loves their passion.

Related Content

2019 MU19 Team


1Crete, Greece • June 29-July 7, 2019 The USA returned to the top of medal podium at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece, after posting an unblemished 7-0 record that saw the Americans steamroll their opponents by an average of 28.7 points a game. The closest any opponent came to...

USAB placeholder Image


USA INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION RECORDS MOST POINTS: Kenny Walker 159 (19.9) 1983 Jeremy Lamb 146 (16.2) 2011 Stephon Marbury 140 (17.5) 1995 Daniel Brown 138 (17.3) 2003 Buck Johnson 130 (16.3) 1983 MOST POINTS AVERAGED: Kenny Walker 19.9 (159) 1983 Paul Davis 17.7 (124) 2003 Stephon Marbury 17.5 (140)...

USAB placeholder Image


Alabama Buck Johnson (1983) Kira Lewis Jr. (2019) Archbishop Mitty H.S. (CA) Aaron Gordon (2013) Arizona Khalid Reeves (1991) Edward Stokes (1991) Michael Wright (1999) Arizona State Jamal Faulkner (1991) Lafayette Lever (1979) Arkansas Patrick Beverley (2007) Scott Hastings (1979) Ron Huery (1987)...

USAB placeholder Image


USA Men's U19 / Junior World Championship Team -- All-Time Head Coaches YEAR SITE USA HEAD COACH RECORD / MEDAL 2019 Cairo, Crete, Greece Bruce Weber, Kansas State University 7-0 / Gold Medal 2017 Cairo, Egypt John Calipari, University of Kentucky 6-1 / Bronze Medal 2015 Crete, Greece Sean Miller,...

USAB placeholder Image


Men's U19 / Junior World Championship Summary of Finishes Gold Silver Bronze United States 7 3 1 Serbia 1 2 0 Australia 1 1 0 Greece 1 1 1 Lithuania 1 1 1 Spain 1 0 1 Canada 1 0 0 Yugoslavia 1 0 0 Croatia 0 1 2 Brazil 0 1 1 Italy 0 2 1 Mali 0 1 0 Soviet Union 0 1 0 Argentina 0 0 2 France 0 0 2...

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login

Forgot Password?