Texas Tech basketball: Ranking the all-time Red Raider point guards

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 23: Keenan Evans
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 23: Keenan Evans /
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(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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No. 1: Keenan Evans 2014-18

The best point guard in Texas Tech basketball history, Keenan Evans led his team to uncharted territory in 2018.  Helping the Red Raiders reach the Elite 8 for the first time in program history, Evans averaged 17.6 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Along the way, he earned consensus second-team All-American honors to go along with first-team All-Big 12 recognition in the best season any Texas Tech point guard has produced.  As a result, he was just the fifth Red Raider to be named a finalist for the Wooden Award, given to the nation’s best player.

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His 1,571 career points rank 13th in Tech history, just behind Sean Gay.  And along with Gay, Evans is in the exclusive 1,500-point, 350-rebound, 325-assists, and 125-steal club at Tech.

Starting 100 of his 133 career games, Evans became a prolific scorer.  He hit double-figures 76 times including a 25-game streak from 12/21/2016 to 11/22/2017, 11th-longest by any Red Raider.

One area where Evans was terrific was in his ability to get to the foul line.  Great point guards are able to work their way to the line by using their ability to penetrate off the dribble.  That can be a critical component of a good team’s offense as it was for the Red Raiders in 2017-18.

During that season, Evans set a program record with 197 made free throws.  Also, he set a Red Raider record with 100 made free throws in Big 12 play that season. Overall, his 458 career free throws rank fifth all-time at Tech and his 79.7 free throw percentage is tied for 11th.

When it comes to assists, the Richardson, TX native is 8th in program history with 346 assists.  He led the Red Raiders in that category in each of his final three seasons.

Defensively, he was a crafty player who was rather adept at coming up with steals with 128 for his career, good for10th all-time at Tech.  In other words, Keenan Evans was fantastic in every aspect of the game that a point guard must master.

Time and time again in 2018, Tech rode Keenan Evans to victory.  When the game grew tight and the Red Raiders needed a play, it was almost always up to Evans to come through.

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He did more often than not during his senior year and he helped the Red Raiders make their deepest run in the NCAA Tournament up to that point.  Though Tech bettered the 2018 Elite 8 run this spring, Red Raider fans will always look back at 2018 as the season that the program took a huge step forward and leading the way was Keenan Evans, the best PG to ever play at Texas Tech.