by Draft Room contributor:
Leader Johnson @WriterLeader247
Kwame Evans Jr. is one of the top 10 players in high school ball regardless of class. He stands 6’8, 190 with a killer mentality to do what he wants on the basketball court. Scary thing about KJ is even at the elite level he is at he is nowhere near what he is going to be.
Kwame plays for Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He is rated a five-star talent and ranks number five in the country in the 2023 recruiting class, number one among small forwards and the top prospect in Maryland. He is the real deal. We had a conversation about his recruitment and what makes him an NBA talent.
NBA Draft Room Prospect Corner:
Leader: How have you been able to train and keep your skills sharp during this pandemic time?
Kwame: I have been able to keep a good regimen and train everyday even regarding the circumstances.
Leader: What have you improved on this year from last year?
Kwame: I definitely improved on my ball handling. My upper and lower body have gotten stronger and mentally I’m a lot sharper.
Leader: What schools have been recruiting you the hardest this early in your recruitment?
Kwame: Kansas, Maryland, Illinois, Pitt, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgetown.
Leader: Playing at the next level in the NBA its very important to be a person that organizations and teammates like and can get along with. What will NBA teams like about your character?
Kwame: They will get a person that’s humble and not crazy. Everyone will be able to get a long with me.
Leader: What NBA team do you feel you would love to play for personally?
Kwame: The Miami Heat
Leader: What do scouts like about you?
Kwame: They love my versatility, my wingspan, and the fact in the future I can lead a team. They love the fact I’m a good shooter and can be a primary ball handler with my size.
Leader: I know you are a student of the game and you watch a lot of basketball. What NBA player do you model your game after?
Kwame: Basically, Jayson Tatum and Kevin Durant
Leader: You stay consistent when it comes to impact on the court. With that said, what were your stats last game?
Kwame: My last game was like the middle of January In Pittsburgh, I had 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Leader: Since this season has started what has been your best all-around game and what were the stats?
Kwame: My best game was in November of last year against Mt. Zion Prep I had 31 points nine rebounds and seven assists.
Leader: You feel like that was the best game mentally and physically? How were you feeling that game? Why were you so locked in?
Kwame: I was locked in to win I wanted to keep us in the game so I stayed locked in.
Kwame is projected as the no.4 pick in the 2024 NBA Mock Draft