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Evans verbally commits to St. Louis

Forward had been scheduled to visit Northwestern

Originally Published: September 16, 2009
By Scott Powers | For ESPNChicago.com

Neuqua Valley 6-foot-6 forward Dwayne Evans, one of the state's top uncommitted seniors, took himself off the board on Wednesday as he made a verbal commitment to Saint Louis.

The commitment comes on the heels of an in-house visit by Billikens coach Rick Majerus on Tuesday.

Evans chose Saint Louis over Drake, Illinois State, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Kent State, Toledo and Western Michigan. He was scheduled to make an official visit to Northwestern this weekend.

In Evans, the Billikens are receiving a versatile forward.

"I try to stay away from positions with him," said Illinois Warriors coach Larry Butler, Evans' club coach. "He can rebound, block shots, can run the floor, [and] has a great attitude. He has a great upside. He's a combo. He's all-around. He's very efficient. He can score."

Evans averaged about 14 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. Neuqua Valley is expected to be one of the state's top teams this season.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at preps@espnchicago.com

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.