The Warriors selected a two-way wing in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday, taking Cincinnati’s Jacob Evans with the 28th overall pick. Evans fits the mold of the long-armed athletic type that general manager Bob Myers has coveted over the years. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has a 6-foot-9 wingspan and projects as a good defender at the NBA level.
Additionally, Evans was a solid 3-point shooter during his three seasons in college, shooting 37.7 percent (174-of-462) from beyond the arc.
With a lack of depth at the wing positions, the Warriors have consistently stated their desire to select a rookie that can play right away. Evans was named a first-team All-AAC selection in 2018 (his junior season), and averaged 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
Here’s his 2017-18 highlight tape:
Evans will be the Warriors’ only selection in the 2018 Draft, unless they elect to once again purchase a second-round pick, as they did in both 2016 and 2017.