BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – When the UB Bulls take on the West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament, they will have brought a little bit of Hollywood to Columbus with them. One of their players is getting attention not just for his performance in games, but his off court performance.
His name is Shannon Evans and he’s a sophomore guard from Virginia Beach. But his teammates, classmates, and fans usually just call him “Hollywood.” He says the nickname stuck because he brings an extra spark and a little bit of show business to every game be plays in.
Evans sure likes the spotlight, and his game has earned him plenty of it lately. With 492 points so far this season, he’s the highest scoring sophomore in UB Basketball history. In December, he scored the program’s first ever triple double in a game against SUNY Binghamton. He was named the MAC East Player of the week four times this year.
But you don’t get the nickname “Hollywood” just by breaking records. You have to do it with style. One way that Evans does that is with his hand signals he uses during games. And they’re catching on with his teammates, even cheerleaders and fans.
The first looks like Evans is either scooping food out of a bowl into his mouth, or filming something on an old school camera. “It has two meanings to it actually. One of them is like I’m eating. Scoring a lot of points, I’m eating,” Evans said after practice at Alumni Arena this week. “And when I hold my hand up and do it, that means like the Hollywood camera. It’s actually rolling. So it kinda has two meanings to it.”
The second hand signal is less obvious. Evans makes it by covering his mouth with a couple fingers on one hand. “It’s like a little thing we started last year. It means brother, friend, my homie, my boy. So it just means a symbol of love.”