Born: April 19, 1955 - Goldsboro, North Carolina
Graduated: Goldsboro High School, 1973; Lauringburg (N.C.) Prep, 1974; Kansas State University, 1978
One can only wonder how many points Mike Evans would have scored for the Kansas State Wildcats had the 3-point shot been in play during the 1970s. The leading scorer in K-State basketball history, Evans, scored over 2,100 points in his career for the Wildcats from 1974-78 including 30 points in his varsity debut. Evans teamed with fellow backcourt mate Chuckie Williams to form the "Purple Pop Guns" and helped lead K-State to a pair of Big Eight championships and NCAA Tournament berths.
Evans was a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year and the Big Eight Newcomer of the Year in 1975. He was a first-team All-Big Eight selection in 1976, '77 and '78 and averaged 18.1 points a game during his college career, which is the highest in KSU history among four-year starters. Evans made more baskets (890) than any Wildcat player in history.
Following his college career, Evans was drafted in the first round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played nine seasons in the NBA with Denver, San Antonio, Milwaukee and Cleveland and helped the Nuggets to two Midwest Division championships and made eight playoff appearances. Following his playing career, Evans spent several years as an assistant coach, director of player personnel and television analyst for the Nuggets.
A member of K-State All-Century Team, Evans was inducted into the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Presented by Jerry R. Braden