IOWA CITY - It doesn't matter how many double-doubles Reggie Evans has, Iowa coach Steve Alford says Evans should not consider going pro after this season.
Although he has the potential to play in the NBA, the 6-foot-8, 245-pound transfer from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas has too much to learn, Alford said.
"I want him to be a guy who can make seven out of 10 free throws. I want him to be a guy that can knock down a 15-foot shot, and I want him to be a guy that understands guarding a 6-8 NBA guy is a little bit different from guarding a 6-4 kid from Centenary," the second-year Iowa coach said.
Evans was expected to shore up the Hawkeyes' inside game this season, but he has surpassed nearly all expectations.
He is averaging 16.3 points and 13.3 rebounds a game and has nine double-doubles in as many games for No. 19 Iowa.
He is shooting 52.3 percent from the field, although most of his points have come from power moves around the basket and dunks.
At 56.1 percent, his free throw shooting is among the worst on the team - not a good sign when eight of Iowa's nine games have been in front of the friendly home crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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