Senior guard Ramar Evans admitted he was nervous when he received his release from Maryville University in early April.
Given the month on the calendar, he wasn’t sure how many opportunities there would be for him to play college basketball this year.
He underestimated the interest programs still had in him.
On Wednesday, Evans signed a National Letter of Intent to play for University of Wisconsin-Parkside, a Division II program located about 60 miles from his home in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Evans said.
UW-Parkside was one of four schools Evans visited since parting ways with Maryville. He also took trips to Adelphi University, Southern New Hampshire University and Trevecca Nazarene University. All are Division II programs.
“I like that [the Rangers] are a winning program, and I liked that the coach said I could come in earn my minutes,” Evans said. “It felt right, and I felt like I belonged there.”
UW-Parkside, led by 14th-year head coach Luke Reigel, finished 22-8 this past year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for a fifth season in a row.
“This is a great fit for Ramar,” Loyola head coach Tom Livatino said. “It’s a great program, and it’s a perennial winner. He enjoyed the culture of the program. He also likes that he’s going to be close to home, so his family, friends, me and my family can come and watch him play. It all worked out for Ramar.”
Evans enjoyed a standout three-year varsity career with the Ramblers. As a senior, he was named to the all-Catholic League team and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 3A/4A honorable mention after averaging 13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals. His sixth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,044 points.