By Roy & Harv Schmidt
We had absolutely no doubt that once Rice head coach Ben Braun was able to get Chris Eversley on campus he would be able to close the deal, and sure enough that is exactly what happened this weekend, as Eversley committed while on his official visit. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has the skinny behind Eversley's decision in this blog.
Chris Eversley, a 6'5 guard from Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago verbally committed to Rice University while on an official visit to the Houston campus this weekend. Eversley chose the Owls over offers from Illinois-Chicago and Wright State and interest from several others.
Eversley's commitment comes as absolutely no surprise, seeing as though Rice was the highest level school to offer him a scholarship. Once the Owl coaching staff was able to get him on campus, it was pretty much a done deal. Eversley was most impressed with the campus environment and is also an elite student, which makes Rice a perfect fit for him academically as well as basketball-wise.
Eversley is a long and athletic combo guard who we believe is more on the 2-guard side right now, but is certainly capable of projecting as a point guard down the road. He has solid ball handling skills which allow him to go coast-to-coast and consistently get to the basket, where he is quite adept at finishing or getting to the foul line.
In addition, Eversley is also capable of knocking down shots with regularity from beyond the 3-point arc, although he does have a tendency to rush his shot. We also really like his defensive capabilities, as his size and length allow him to cover a lot of ground and get into the passing lanes and force turnovers. He was quite solid this past spring and summer while competing on the AAU circuit with the Chicago Demons.
Rice head coach Ben Braun and assistant coach Mike Roberts have really stepped up their recruiting efforts in the Chicago area and as a result the Owls have been involved with several quality prospects, including 6'3 guard Marcus Jordan from Whitney Young High School in Chicago.
Getting back to Eversley, he plays on a high school team at Payton which we think could be a sleeping giant in the Chicago Public League this upcoming season, as they feature several other players who can play at the next level.