Second-year forward Che Evans was not in uniform for San Diego State Thursday night against Arizona State. It will not be in the future either.
Evans is transferred, possibly as soon as the semester break.
The 6-foot-5 Baltimore Wing was once one of the nation’s top-rated prospects as an eighth-grader and freshman in high school. But a serious leg injury shattered every game in his senior year at Philadelphia’s Neumann Goretti Catholic except one, and he has never lived up to his past accolades.
At SDSU, he was buried on the bench of a veteran team, appearing in 10 games for 42 minutes total as a rookie and not at all this season other than one exposure. The final straw appeared to be Saturday’s 66-60 loss to BYU, where 11 other Aztecs played.
Evans had a good perimeter shot, but struggled in training to find an attacking or defensive rhythm. His last official basket as an Aztec was a 3 point last March in the dying moments of the NCAA tournament loss to Syracuse in Indianapolis.
The other two members of his freshman class, Lamont Butler and Keith Dinwiddie, are both on the rotation. Butler started against the Sun Devils and Dinwiddie got significant minutes at BYU.
“He’s going to stay as a student and then transfer at the semester break or at the end of the school year,” said coach Brian Dutcher. “I like Che. He’s a good kid. He is a good student and a hard training player. He just wasn’t playing.
“He’s low on the bench right now and looking for better opportunities. It’s hard. We have 14 fellows, and most of them are veterans. We wish him good luck.
Evans was still in SDSU’s play notes, which were released before news of his departure leaked on social media. Responding to an occasional tweet asking how Evans was doing at SDSU, Dwayne Wise, his godfather, posted: “Everything will be fine. Will be transferred after the semester.