Evans commits but won't sign at Memphis until Calipari signs own deal
ASTON, Pa. -- Over and over again, Tyreke Evans said he based his college choice on one factor: John Calipari.So it's easy to understand why Evans, the fourth-rated high school basketball player in the country, announced Wednesday he was committing to play at Memphis -- and why he has yet to sign his national letter of intent. Evans insisted there was nothing secretive about his decisions, explaining he had to head directly from the news conference held at his school, American Christian Academy, to New York and the Jordan Brand All-Star Classic, and that he would sign as soon as he returns Monday. But there's also a little matter in Memphis that needs addressing. Namely, Calipari needs to sign first. The coach and his university have agreed in principle on a contract extension but nothing has been signed yet. And, with talk swirling that Calipari might be considered for any of a handful of NBA jobs about to come open, it's in Evans' best interests to wait before making his commitment binding. "I told him, don't put the hat on until you sign," said Evans' brother, Reggie. And so Evans arrived at his high school, a squat two-story building with no sign that is impossible to find and easy to miss, empty-handed. No hat, no grand gesture, just a roomful of people that included rapper Freeway, a cameraman in a Tyreke T-shirt, a group of little kids just out of school at American Christian and a bank of microphones and television cameras.
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