Villanova lost out on top recruit Tyreke Evans, as he announced in a press conference today that he will be attending Memphis University. I'm not gonna lie and say Villanova will be better off without him, but Evans could have caused some chemistry issues if he joined the Wildcats. The kid has a huge ego and may have been more worried about his stats and his NBA draft stock than winning games and playing team ball. Just take a look at some of his comments in a recent ESPN.com chat: Aaron Arrington, Philadelphia,Pa: Who do you look up to the most? why?
Tyreke Evans: Me!
Never mind the fact that he felt the need to call a nationally televised press conference to make his decision in the first place.
Evans may have been the final piece that could have pushed Villanova over the edge and become a National Championship contender, but this isn't a major blow to the program. Next season Villanova returns every player from a team that reached the Sweet Sixteen, and they have two available scholarships in case anybody else pops up. Nova will add Taylor King and Maalik Wayns in 2009, and Jay Wright can now devote his full attention to new recruits like Dominic Cheek.
In this day and age things can change quickly. Although he agreed to a contract extension, Memphis coach John Calipari may change his mind and decide to coach elsewhere. So for now Tyreke Evans is Memphis-bound, but you never know what may happen in the future.