Oct. 17, 2022: Four-star Riverside, California center Dennis Evans committed to the Gophers Friday, becoming the second player to join the University of Minnesota’s 2023 recruiting class.
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Gophers head coach Ben Johnson continues to be read hot on the recruiting trail. While some fair-weather fans might’ve written off this recruiting cycle after failing to land an in-state recruit, Johnson just got a commitment from the 2023 four-star center Dennis Evans, The 7-foot-1 big man is ranked as the No. 27 overall player in the country, and his 0.9881 composite score on 247sports is the third highest by a Gophers high school commit in the internet-rankings era. Hailing from Riverside, California Evans’ decision came down to TCU and Minnesota, but he also held top offers from Kansas, Texas and Florida State.
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Who is Dennis Evans?:
Dennis Evans a 7-foot-1 senior student athlete who attends Hillcrest High School in Riverside, California. As a junior, he averaged 11.6 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks per game en-route to leading Hillcrest to a River Valley League Championship in 2022. His impressive campaign is highlighted by a 16-block performance in January, five different 10-block performances and even a triple-double (12 pts, 19 reb, 13 blk).
His junior season breakout landed him a spot on the USA Basketball Men’s U17 National Team, alongside players like Cooper Flagg (consensus No. 1 2025 prospect), D.J. Wagner (consensus No. 1 2023) and Sean Stewart (Duke-commit). Evans gained tremendous experience playing at the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup in Malaga, Spain; where U.S.A. defeated Spain in the Gold Medal game.
- Scouting Report:
Listed at 7-foot-1, Evans is an elite-level shot blocker in every sense of the phrase. He has NBA-level length and elite-level instincts on the defensive end of the court. This guy is well worth the hype is getting and might even be better than advertised. He has room to grow on the offensive end, but his rebounding-instincts make up for it. He has room to fill into his 170-pound frame, but he is the best talent to come through Dinkytown in a LOOOONG time.