BILLINGS — RayQuan Evans realized a lifelong dream on Sunday.
The former Billings Skyview standout orally committed to play basketball for Florida State University while on a visit to the campus in Tallahassee, Florida.
“I am very excited, it’s a dream come true,” Evans, a sophomore guard at North Idaho College, told 406mtsports.com.
"I am just thankful and excited to get out here and get working so come game time I can be at that top level with everyone," Evans continued. "I am excited."
Last week, the 6-foot-4 Evans was recognized as the Northwest Athletic Conference male basketball athlete of the year as he averaged 18.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Kevin Morales, who coached Evans at Skyview, received news of Evans’ commitment while he was arriving at Salt Lake City on a return trip from Portland, where he was coaching a traveling basketball team. Evans had texted his former coach to give him the good news.
“I started doing fist pumps in the airplane and I don’t think anybody knew what was going on,” Morales said.
“I am excited for the young man to say the least,” Morales continued. “I told him I would have to be a Seminole fan from now on.”
According to his bio on the North Idaho website, Evans averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists his first season with the Cardinals. A recent post on the Northwest Athletic Conference website said Evans was considering offers from Florida State, Gonzaga, and Washington State.
“I’ve been giving it thought the past couple of weeks and today I just finally made my decision,” Evans said, noting he’d study graphic design.
Evans said he was impressed by the facilities at the Atlantic Coast Conference school. The Seminoles went 29-8 this past year and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
“It is very beautiful and I just liked the facilities,” Evans said. “The people here are really nice. I got a really good vibe from it and a really good home vibe. I fell in love with the campus when I stepped foot on it.
“Really, I am just looking forward to helping this program reach the top and competing against some of the best players. I am just excited to compete and get better.”
A 2017 Skyview graduate, Evans signed with North Idaho out of high school after initially orally committing to Rocky Mountain College. He was a three-year starter at point guard for the Falcons and a member of the team’s State AA championship squads in 2015 and 2016.
Evans said the decision to attend a junior college helped him hone his skills.
“Just to get in through the journey I went through made it that much better to be here,” Evans said. “Now, I just want to work 10 times harder to get to another level. Everything I’ve went through, I’ve worked for and I am honestly excited to be here.”
Morales is proud of Evans’ accomplishments.
“I’m so happy for him and really excited for him,” Morales said. “It has been something he has been working towards coming out of high school and taking that step back and swallowing that pride and going to junior college.”