Coming from a legendary Chicago basketball program that has produced stars like Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker, and Kendrick Nunn. UTEP’s newest guard Evan Gilyard isn’t scared of the expectations that comes with the UTEP basketball program.
Confidently shooting, dribbling, and smiling in a gym that features over-sized pictures of Tim Hardaway, Tiny Archibald, and Julyan Stone are further reminders that the 5’10 guard is immune to winning, and knows what is takes to fill big shoes left behind by previous studs.
Gilyard fully exploded into a can’t miss D-1 prospect last season as a senior, averaging 17 points, and six assists while leading Simeon Career Academy to a 29-4 record. He hit a number of clutch shots, and mentions his defensive prowess and willingness to “lock up” as a major strength.
The quick and tough lefty scored 32 points twice in his senior year, and notched a triple-double, and won 125 games in his prep career at Simeon.
Now Gilyard enters a backcourt position battle, getting the chance to earn his minutes alongside fellow freshman guard Kobe Magee as the potential new faces of the UTEP basketball program.
Gilyard talks about his journey to El Paso, and why he thinks left handed point guards have an advantage in the video below…