Junior Tie Evans (Henrico, Va./Steward School) scored a combined 10 points over his first two seasons as a Royal. Now he is a starter and is third on the men’s basketball team in scoring.
Last week, Tie made 8-of-11 three pointers and averaged 17.5 points as the Runnin Royals won both of their games on the road.
He broke his career high by scoring 16 in a win at Bridgewater, before breaking it again in the weekend game, scoring 19 points at Randolph. Tie made four triples in each game and shot 70.6% overall in the two games, adding six assists.
Describe some of your thoughts over playing throughout your first two years, compared to now.
I think it can be hard to sort of “pay your dues” on the bench as a freshman for a lot of guys. I eventually began to embrace it and I watched, learned, and did my part from the bench. I would say that time has helped the game slow down for me a bit.
What was your mindset coming into this season and how did you prepare for it?
Coming into this season, I had the mindset of contributing in any way that my team needed me. Knowing we have a young team with only one senior, I spent most of my time in the gym over the summer. This preseason meant getting ready for an expanded role on the team and I wanted to be prepared.
How have you felt about your past few weeks of game performance? Did you and your team train any different for ODAC games compared to non-conference games?
I’ve personally been happy with the way I have been shooting and taking care of the ball, but I am not satisfied yet. I always want to continue to get better at my craft. As far as preparing for our stretch of ODAC games, I think we keep it pretty consistent in the ways we prepare for conference and non-conference games. But we do not take ANY of our competitors lightly; as many know, anybody can beat anybody in the ODAC.
What goals do you have for this season?
I am still very hopeful to make it to Salem this year and I will continue to stay optimistic. At this point in the season, personal accolades are not a concern, and winning is priority one.
What is something you have learned about yourself during your time as an EMU Royal?
I think my time within this program has really gone a long way with my leadership skills and the way I go about leading others. I was fortunate enough to come in as a freshman with some great seniors to look up to and I have learned a lot from those guys.
What is your major and what do you want to do after college?
Rec leadership and sports studies; I hope to be an athletic director or sports agent.
Coach Melvin Felix on Tie Evans:
To me, Tie is a fighter who has been through a lot of adversity throughout his whole career and still attacks everything head on. This season, he has really improved his shooting and overall aggressiveness on the offensive end. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio. Tie has been a player that we have relied on to defend some of the best guards in our league and offensively, he has been able to be a threat from the PG and SG positions.
-- Bri Miller, EMU Sports Information Writing Intern