Terps Release Evans From Letter of Intent
Verbatim from a Maryland news release:
MARYLAND GRANTS EVANS FULL RELEASE FROM NLI
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Tyree Evans has asked the University of Maryland for a full release from the National Letter of Intent (NLI) he signed in April. The University has agreed to grant Evans' request.
Head Coach Gary Williams stated that "after much thought, Tyree felt Maryland was not the best fit for him at this time and I support his decision. We wish him well in the future."
That was the whole release.
If you need background on Evans, read the Richmond Times-Dispatch story written after he committed. An excerpt follows after the jump:
Evans, a 6-3 guard who would have two years of eligibility remaining, is one of the best high school players to come through Richmond. But he has been convicted of assault and battery and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors, since finishing his Wythe career in 2004.
He went to prep school at The Winchendon (Mass.) School in fall 2004 and was charged in June 2005 with statutory rape of a 15-year-old classmate in a dorm room the previous October. A teammate and two former Winchendon players also were charged. Evans has denied being in the room with the girl. He accepted a plea deal in July 2006 for the reduced assault charge and two years probation.
He originally planned to play at Cincinnati, but the school backed off because of the Winchendon charges.
Evans spent two weeks last summer in Richmond City Jail for misdemeanor marijuana possession. He originally was charged with felony possession with intent to distribute after being arrested in August 2005.
He took the 2005-06 school year off while dealing with the Winchendon case, then played part of the next year at Butler Community College in Kansas before coach Randy Smithson kicked him off the team for "conduct detrimental to the team's cohesiveness." Evans played all of this past season at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn. He did not have legal problems and led Motlow's league in scoring with 21.2 points per game.
-- Darryl Slater, Times-Dispatch, May 9
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