Bobby Hurley hasn't had any high school commitments yet, but thanks to a strong relationship at his former school, he now has a transfer named Shannon Evans joining him in Tempe. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSsports.com on Twitter.
Buffalo transfer Shannon Evans has committed to Arizona State, source told @CBSSports. Good get for Bobby Hurley. Story coming.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 24, 2015
Evans is a big pick up for Hurley. He averaged 15.4 points per game last season and was second team All-MAC. He ran into some trouble getting a release from the Bulls. From The Buffalo News:
Evans said Oats informed him that UB would allow him to transfer but would block a move by Evans to go to Arizona State, Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion or another MAC school. Evans is a native of Suffolk, Va.
"They're basically going to block all the schools I want to talk to," Evans said. "I just feel like they don't want my best interests and what's best for me personally, and I really don't like that. I feel like if I want my release, OK, any MAC school, I understand. But they shouldn't block me from any school in a higher conference than Buffalo."
"That's giving me a chance to potentially play in the NBA one day, and I want to have that opportunity," Evans said. "It hit me real hard today. That's when I decided I'm not going to stay."
Jeff Goodman of ESPN later reported that Buffalo gave Evans a full release to transfer wherever he desired. Evans shot 41 percent from the field and 38 percent from three last season. He won't be eligible to compete for the Sun Devils until 2016-17.