Former Memphis Tiger point guard Tyreke Evans has been named the 2010 rookie of the year. Tyreke, now a Sacramento King, led all rookies in scoring by averaging 20 points per game.
Being the 4th overall pick in what was said to be one of the best rookie classes in awhile, Evans had to work extra hard for his award.
The likes of Golden State Warrior’s Stephen Curry, who consistently had great games and made his team better, and Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, who had a great start to the season, were amongst the few that were nominated.
Jennings, earlier in the year, produced a 55-point game which put him ahead of all rookies, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Tyreke was just the 4th rookie ever to average 20pts, 5rbs,and 5assts per game.
Even though Jennings team reached the playoffs while the other didn’t, Tyreke clearly was the most explosive and consistent. While getting it done on both ends of the floor, Evans showed the world why he was ready to leave Memphis after just one year and pursue pro ball.
Becoming the 1st Sacramento King ever to win the rookie award, he has also made history.
Phil Ford, Maurice Stokes, and Jerry Lucas won it as well, but that was before the franchise moved to Sacramento in 1985. The city of Memphis is proud to have such a person like Tyreke to play here and represent us on his pro journey and we all wish him the best.