April 28, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The first recruit to sign a national letter of intent to play for new Washington State University men's basketball coach Paul Graham is Tyrone Evans from Garden City Community College. Evans, a 6-7, 225-lb., combination forward, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game last season as a sophomore at the Kansas junior college.
"Tyrone is a very athletic, quick player," said Graham. "He's just the type of strong, physical player who will give us the toughness we need to compete in this league. We're very excited about Tyrone becoming part of our family. He will be able to come in and immediately contribute to the success of our program."
Garden City was 23-10 last season and missed qualifying for the junior college national tournament by one game. Evans earned 1998-99 preseason second team NJCAA All-America honors.
"Jeremy Cox is an outstanding coach," Graham said. "Garden City has a long tradition of producing top quality Division I players."
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Evans spent his freshman season at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. He averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for Scottsdale CC and was named to the NJCAA all-region team.
Evans was an all-district and all-city performer for coach Wayne Dickey at Sam Houston High School in San Antonio.
He is the fourth member of WSU's 1999-2000 recruiting class, joining guard David Adams from Tacoma's Lincoln High School, forward Bryan Whitehead from Mount Vernon and point guard Marquis Poole from Centennial High School in Compton, Calif., who signed during the fall period.
With the signing of Evans, WSU currently has three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and four freshmen on the 1999-2000 roster.
WSU has two remaining scholarships available for the 1999-2000 season.