Heshimu Evans

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Heshimu Evans
Personal information
Born (1975-05-08) May 8, 1975 (age 42)
Nationality Portuguese / American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school Evander Childs (Bronx, New York)
NBA draft 1999 / Undrafted
Playing career 1999–2013
Position Small forward
Career history
1999 ÉS Chalon-sur-Saône
1999–2000 Angers BC
2000–2001 Diamond Dolphins
2001–2002 Illiabum Clube
2002 Sporting Clube de Portugal
2002–2003 Aveiro Basket
2003 Ovarense Basquetebol
2003–2005 F.C. Porto
2005–2006 Ovarense Basquetebol
2006 RiverCity Gamblers
2006–2007 Basket Zaragoza 2002
2007–2008 Baloncesto León
2008–2009 Petro Atlético
2009–2013 S.L. Benfica
Career highlights and awards

Heshimu Kenyata Evans (born May 8, 1975) is an American-born Portuguese former basketball player, who last played for S.L. Benfica of the Portuguese Basketball League (LPB).

Evans, a small forward from Evander Childs High School in The Bronx, went to Manhattan College, where he was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rookie of the year in 1995. He followed that up with a first team All-MAAC performance as a sophomore in 1996.[1]

Following his sophomore year, Evans transferred to the University of Kentucky. After sitting out the 1996–97 season as a transfer, he was a key player off the bench for the Wildcats' 1998 NCAA championship team. He averaged 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. His senior year, he moved into the starting lineup, averaging 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.[2]

Evans was not selected in the 1999 NBA draft. He signed with ÉS Chalon-sur-Saône in France, kicking off a successful international career. After a stop in Japan, Evans made his way to Portugal in 2001, where he would later become a naturalized citizen.[3] In 2009, Evans joined Benfica, where he led the team to the LPB championship in 2010. Evans led the team with 23 points in the series-clinching game.[4]