University of Akron men's basketball head coach Keith Dambrot announced on Wednesday that Nyles Evans (North Canton, Ohio) has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Zips in the 2013-14 season.
Evans, a 5-11, 170-pound point guard, will have two years of eligibility left after transferring to Akron from Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla.
"We received Nyles' commitment during the school year and he is a player we recruited out of high school," Dambrot said. "We felt that our first junior college player should be special and Nyles is a great ball player. He comes from a great family, played for great high school and junior college coaches, and is a tough kid. We expect him to contribute immediately."
Evans averaged 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game in 33 games (32 starts) last season for BCC, helping the Titans to a 26-7 record and a spot in the Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Division I state championship game. BCC also won the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference championship while earning all-conference and all FCSAA/NJCAA Division I all-tournament team honors.
In 61 career games for the Titans, Evans averaged 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Before playing at BCC, Evans was the starting point guard at Hoover High School in Canton, Ohio, from 2008-11. He is the program's all-team leading scorer (1,183 points) and was the Canton Repository Stark County Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2011. During his senior campaign (2010-11), he averaged 21.9 points per game and earned third-team All-Ohio honors.
Evans joins Kwan Cheatham (Cincinnati, Ohio), B.J. Gladden (Charlotte, N.C.), Aaron Jackson (Gahanna, Ohio) and Isaiah Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio), who signed NLIs to play for Akron last November.