AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – UB basketball star Shannon Evans was dead-set on transferring earlier Monday, but a productive meeting with athletic director Danny White has Evans considering staying at UB.
Evans averaged 15.4 points a game this season as a sophomore, helping the Bulls win the MAC championship and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Once head coach Bobby Hurley left to take the head coaching job at Arizona State, though, Evans said he was on the fence whether to stay.
Earlier today, Evans said UB was going to grant his release, but would block him from transferring within the MAC, or to Arizona State, VCU, or Old Dominion. Evans, a Virginia native, said those were three schools that interested him. If he transfers, he wants to play at a higher-level conference.
After talking with White late this afternoon, Evans said UB could remove some of the schools on that list.
Evans praised the UB fanbase and the community for rallying around the team this season, and said it would hurt to leave, that he doesn’t want to leave. Before his meeting with White today, it appeared it was all but set in stone that he would head elsewhere – but now the situation is significantly more fluid.