Texas Tech Basketball: The Legend of Keenan Evans

No longer just a rotation player, Keenan Evans importance to Texas Tech grows with every superb performance.

A bank-in three-pointer from 40 feet out.

A week later?

A career-high 21 points against (ironically), the formerly-ranked No. 21 Baylor Bears.

Point being, Keenan Evans has been a very busy man; after beginning the season rather pedestrianly, the super sophomore from Richardson, Texas comes up big for Texas Tech every time he steps out onto the basketball court.

So this begs the question: Did anyone see this coming?

Probably not, although that says more about Texas Tech’s team strengths and weaknesses, and less about the calibre of player Keenan Evans is.

Texas Tech has improved by leaps and bounds since Tubby Smith took the program over in 2013. However, the team has never truly had that guy, or a go-to shooter, even in 2016.

Evans came out of high school averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assets per game. He was also named to the TABC First Team All-State and was voted his league’s Most Valuable Player.

After high school Evans was rated the 30th best player in the state by ESPN, and came to Texas Tech over offers from conference rivals such as Texas and Kansas State.

What Evans has brought to Texas Tech this season, and what Texas Tech has benefitted the most from, is Evans’ willingness to attack the paint, as well as his propensity for making the shot.

Sure, his sample size is small, two performances against Iowa State and Baylor certainly isn’t enough to base any concrete predictions on.

However, there is no denying that Evans’ miracle three-pointer against Iowa State got the gears turning for a significant portion of Texas Tech hoops fans.

Sure, the Red Raiders held serve at home against the Cowboys a week prior, but what Evans’ three against the ‘Clones gave Texas Tech was a signature home victory for the Tubby Smith era in 2016.

A week later Evans helped Texas Tech dismantle a veteran Baylor team on the road. There was no miracle three this time around, but instead Evans dropped a career-high 21 points and became a go-to asset any time he was on the floor.

Fans should expect Keenan Evans’ role on the Texas Tech basketball team to continue to grow larger even if he doesn’t post another career-high tonight when No. 3 Oklahoma comes to town.

Texas Tech takes on the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners tonight at 8 p.m. CT. Television coverage will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Make sure to follow @WreckEm_Red for all of your Texas Tech basketball action.