Lamont Evans is in his first season at Kansas State as an assistant coach after spending the past three seasons as an undergraduate and graduate manager in the program in 2011-12. A 2009 graduate of the university, he was elevated to a full-time assistant on June 9, 2011.
Evans has played a pivotal role in the development of the program the past three years, beginning as an undergraduate student manager in 2008-09 then continuing as a graduate manager from 2009-11. In this role, Evans' primary duties included the initial breakdown of game video, scout assistance and film exchange. He assisted the staff with recruiting and team travel, along with other administrative duties.
During this span, Evans has helped K-State post a 74-31 (.705) overall record, which has included three trips to the postseason highlighted by consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011. The school has also received a bye in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of his three seasons.
"Lamont has really earned this opportunity," said head coach Frank Martin. "After recommending him to other head coaches around the country in the spring, I knew I had a great candidate in-house when Dalonte (Hill) left the staff. He has really earned everyone's trust, including most importantly, the players. He has a great basketball mind and an engaging personality. I think all of these characteristics will make him an outstanding assistant coach."
Evans has assisted with the development of several players, including All-Americans Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen, during his tenure at K-State. The backcourt mates were instrumental during the team's run to the 2010 NCAA Elite Eight and school-record 29 victories, becoming the first Wildcat backcourt tandem to earn All-America honors in the same season.
Pullen, the school's first two-time First Team All-Big 12 selection, was the 2011 winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Trophy given to the nation's best player 6-foot and under by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Pullen also became the school's all-time leading scorer (2,132) in 2010-11. Evans has also helped coach junior Rodney McGruder, who was selected Third Team All-Big 12 by the league coaches in 2010-11.
"I'm really excited and grateful to Coach Martin for the opportunity to be here at K-State," said Evans. "It has been a great experience to watch the development of this program under his guidance the past three years. To watch guys like Denis (Clemente) and Jake (Pullen) come in and develop into not only outstanding basketball players, but solid student-athletes has been a great learning experience for me. I'm honored to work alongside such a close-knit group of coaches and look forward to working with them to build on an already solid foundation."
A native of Eleuthera, Bahamas, Evans came to the United States at the age of 5, eventually settling in Deerfield Beach, Fla. He developed into a standout point guard at Hallandale High School in Hallandale, Fla., where he earned second team Florida Class 5A All-State honors as a junior in 1994-95 before collecting first team accolades as a senior in 1995-96. He was twice named first team All-Broward County Conference honors.
Evans played his first two years of college basketball at Seminole (Fla.) Junior College in Sanford, Fla., and St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Ky., before enrolling at Drake in 1999. He averaged 19.0 points and 7.1 assists as a freshman at Seminole in 1996-97 before playing his sophomore season at St. Catharine's in 1997-98.
It was during his time at St. Catharine's that earned him Division I scholarship offers, as he averaged 16.2 points, 10.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds in guiding the Patriots to an 18-11 record. His assist average ranked third nationally, earning him Super Sixty Sophomores Junior College All-American honors from Future Stars. He was also the most valuable player of Region VII. He scored a season-high 29 points against Volunteer (Tenn.) State Junior College, where he dished a career-high 19 assists vs. Cincinnati State Junior College.
Evans played two seasons for then head coach Kurt Kanaskie at Drake, appearing in 42 games for the Bulldogs from 1999 to 2001. Despite missing the last 10 games for the 1999-2000 seasons, he finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference in assists (5.1 per game) en route to earning honorable mention All-MVC honors and All-Newcomer Team accolades. His 148 assists as a junior still rank fourth on the school's single-season list. He was the preseason Missouri Valley Newcomer of the Year by both Basketball Times and Athlon magazines in 1999.
Evans nearly became the first player in league history to record a triple-double in 1999-2000 after collecting nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds in a win over Mississippi Valley State despite missing the final eight minutes. He led the Bulldogs in assists in 23 games, including 10 against Illinois State.
For his career, Evans averaged 8.0 points on 41.5 percent shooting, including 36.3 percent from 3-point range, with 5.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.
Following his college career, Evans spent seven years playing professionally around the world. This included stops in the U.S. Basketball League (USBL), playing for the Lakeland (Fla.) Blue Ducks, and internationally with teams in Slovenia, Germany, Finland, Belgium and Venezula. He led squads in Slovenia and Belgium to championships, while he was named one of the top international point guards during his stint in Germany.
Evans, 33, earned his bachelor's degree in social science from Kansas State in the spring of 2009. He has taken credits toward a master's degree in College Student Personnel and Intercollegiate Athletics.