Posted: Jan 2, 2013 4:16 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jan 2, 2013 11:22 PM
Chris Eversley appears to be next in line to continue the Cal Poly men's basketball program's history of success with recruiting players from the Midwest. Indiana native Mike Wozniak and Minnesota native David Hanson finished their Mustang careers in the program's record book. Eversley, Cal Poly's junior forward, could do the same and is the latest Central Coast athlete dubbed by KSBY as a Legend in the Making.
The Mustangs are looking to make a run at the program's first-ever Big West Conference title this year. Eversley will likely be the driving force of that mission. "Everybody's making strides in the right direction because we know that at the end of the year we know what we want to be doing and it's not sitting at home," said Eversley.
The 6-7 junior is far from home. The Chicago, Illinois native transferred to Cal Poly after playing his freshman year at Rice. "My mom she played at Long Beach State back in the 80s so she always told me if you ever have a chance to go to California for school you should try it out. So I came out here and I loved it. I was really excited when i made the decision and I don't regret it three years later," said Eversley, who was recruited to Cal Poly by assistant coach Omar Lowery.
Chris started last season as Hanson's back-up. But he earned more and more playing time to finish averaging 8 points and 19 minutes per game. This season, Chris' numbers have soared. He leads the team with almost16 points and 8 rebounds per game.
"What I'm most impressed with Chris is that not only is he a tall,strong, athletic player, but he's very passionate, very committed and very easy to coach. Now he's a real leader of our team rebounding wise, scoring wise and minutes wise and the best part is of course is that he's only a junior," said Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero.
The fourth year head coach calls Chris a coach's dream. Players describe Eversley as the ideal teammate. "He's our emotional leader. He's not the oldest guy on the team but he brings the energy. You can always count on Chris when we're struggling, when we're doing well. He's the guy that you can look at it and be like you know we're going to get big plays from him and if you need a guy, a teammate to pick you up when you're down he's there every single time," added senior guard Dylan Royer.
Eversley has a chance to become the first Mustang in six years to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding during the same season. Chris is focused on more important things these days and that's earning the program's first Big West crown and NCAA Division I Tournament berth.
The Mustangs host defending Big West champion and preseason favorite Long Beach State on Thursday. Tip off at 7pm in Mott Gym is at 7 pm. Both squads won their conference openers last weekend.
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