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Evans Nears Record

Mo Evans #0

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Mo Evans #0
Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 31, 2017

Men’s basketball player Mo Evans is making history at IPFW.

Evans is averaging 20.7 points per game, shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and has scored in the double digits in all but one game this season.

Evans has made 244 3-pointers and is coming close to breaking the records for 3-pointers at Fort Wayne, set by Nick Wise (1999-02), who made 246.

Nationally, Evans is third in made 3-pointers (74), third in 3-point field goal percentage (51.7) and seventh in 3-point field goals per game (3.70).

He made his 1,000th career point this year and now has 1,344 career points, ranking sixth in all-time scoring at Fort Wayne. To reach the fifth spot, he will need to break Ben Botts’ 2007-11 record of 1,400 points.

“I always hold myself to the highest standards. If you’re not, you’re cutting yourself short,” Evans said.

Evans dedicates an average of 50-60 hours per week to basketball, he said.

“It’s just who I am,” Evans said. “I don’t give up when something comes up; I just go harder.”

Evans does admit that last season (2015-16) he hurt himself and the team due to his own “selfish actions.”

After starting the first 18 games of the year, he had to sit out the last 16 to focus on academics.

Nevertheless Evans is still managing to setting basketball history with the Fort Wayne Mastodons.

Evans said his accomplishments should also be partially credited to IPFW’s athletic program and environment.

“IPFW gave me a shot when a lot of people didn’t,” Evans said.

Evans played basketball at Indianapolis Cathedral High School where he was given offers by several university basketball programs upon graduation. He was contacted by University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Northeastern University, Western Kentucky University and University of California, Davis.

He chose IPFW because the staff was supporting and patient with him to make his final decision. Fort Wayne’s men’s basketball assistant coach at the time, Dan Bere, recruited him more heavily than any other coach Evans said.

Without basketball, Evans said, he probably would not have had the opportunity to further his education.

“It is a blessing to leave college without any loans and debt,” he said.

The players are like brothers, Evans said. They enjoy playing video games, cards and just hanging out.

Evans, now a senior at IPFW and said he feels like the leader of the team and strives to set an example for his “brothers.”

“I try to teach originality,” Evans said. “Be yourself; take criticism and praise; and be humble through it all.”

Evan said he is ready to carry that attitude with him into the future.

He is unsure of what he will do after graduating in the spring with his general studies degree and business minor.

While he has no serious offers at this time, Evans said he would like to continue playing basketball at least another five to seven years, either internationally or in the U.S.

Evans said he would eventually like to become a sports agent.

One thing he is confident about is that he keep playing basketball, whether coaching, training, playing or working with children.