That's right folks, yet another top NHIAA basketball prospect is headed off to prep school. Casey Evans has started for the Londonderry High girls basketball team since she was a freshman. She is an all-state player and helped lead the Lancers to the Division I state championship last year as a junior. But rather than returning to Londonderry for her senior year, Evans has transferred to the St. Andrews School and will reclassify to the Class of 2016. St. Andrew's is a prep school in the NEPSAC which is located in Barrington, RI.
"It was really last minute when I went to tour the school and interview at St. Andrew's" said Evans, a 5-foot-11 forward. "I play AAU with my friend Macy (her brother is Michael Carter-Williams) and her mom saw me play in Chicago and suggested that I look into St. Andrew's. Michael graduated from this school before he went to Syracuse and he is an awesome mentor! When I toured the St. Andrew's, I instantly fell in love with the school. The campus is gorgeous, and the ocean is a block away! It was where I wanted to go."
Even though she is leaving her friends behind at Londonderry and giving up a chance at a possible second D-I title in a row, Evans is confident in her decision.
"My mom asked me about fifty times, 'Are you SURE you want to leave your senior year in high school, leave the Lancers Varsity volleyball and varsity basketball teams??' Evans explained. "I said YES - this is an opportunity of a lifetime. It happened so fast, it was like a dream."
Evans is truly an inspiring story. To read about it, click here: http://www.nhnotebook.com/2012/07/inspiring-story-of-casey-evans-driscoll.html
"Not sure if many people know but I have a learning disability; which basically means I learn differently from other kids" Evans told the NH Notebook. "After all my surgeries (head 3x and eyes last year) I really need to buckle down with my studies.
Nothing is holding me back now that the doctors fixed everything that needed to be fixed. No more headaches and no more double vision!"
It's only been a few days, but Evans is already enjoying life at St. Andrew's.
"I literally had a week to prepare for living away from home and changing my dress code!" Evans pointed out. "My first day I was really nervous until I saw this 7'0 boy walk by me with a basketball and I asked him if he was going to go play in the gym
and I asked if could play. He said sure! Ever since then, I've been practicing every afternoon with the boys and it gives me a great work out! Oh and that 7'0 boy - yeah, he stuffed me a couple times. I absolutely love my new school."
ook for Evans to do the 'stuffing' on the court this winter for St. Andrews. Ever since she was a freshman at Londonderry, Evans has been one of the state's toughest, most physical players. She plays the game hard, runs the floor well in transition, is a fierce rebounder and is expanding her game to the perimeter. Londonderry's loss is St. Andrew's gain.
"I have met so many nice people at St. Andrew's and have so many people to thank who helped get me where I am today" Evans concluded. "But I really want to thank my mom and step-dad for helping me get here. They have sacrificed a lot for me, and now its my turn to make them proud. The sky is the limit!"