Sophomore forward Che Evans will transfer from San Diego State at the end of the semester. Evans was a big recruit in last year’s class, who coming off a leg injury, never got his feet settled underneath him in an Aztecs uniform.
“It was a family decision decided together,” Dwayne Wise, godfather and Evan’s AAU Basketball coach, said. “Although he is transferring, we, as a family, are thankful for development on the defensive end and SDSU overall, who have great fans. Coach Dutch loves to play vets, and that’s understandable when you look at the last few years.”
Wise said that Evans is transferring to a place where he can get more playing time.
“Che is much better than what fans are seeing,” Wise said. “No way you can get better watching vs. playing. The team is deep, and it’s very little opportunity for him.”
Evans cannot enter the transfer portal until after the semester ends in December. Wise says that Evans is very interested in a Conference-USA school that plays more up-tempo basketball and needs help on the wing and a small ball forward.
Coach Chris Acker recruited Evans to Boise State when Acker coached there, but Evans followed Acker to SDSU when Acker joined the Aztecs coaching staff. Evans notified Acker of his decision to transfer, as Acker stuck by Evans when he missed his senior season due to his leg injury.
“Acker had recruited him well before injury to his shin and watched him at the top of his game,” Wise said. “We trusted his decision to leave for SDSU and are still thankful regardless of the decision.”
Despite the lack of playing time, all reports from inside the program were that Evans supported his teammates and worked incredibly hard at practice. This is exactly what Wise and his family expect from him.
“His dad and I talk to him every night, so we are always with him,” Wise said. “He is well mentored because we all played ball and understand what being a teammate means.”
Aztecs fans are surely disappointed not to see Evans reach his true potential on the Mesa. According to 247sports.com, Evans was a better recruit than both Lamont Butler Jr. and Keith Dinwiddie.
“I’m just disappointed that the fans never got to see what we know when he gets consistent minutes,” Wise said.