South Jordan • It took Jordan Evans 23 games to score 40 points last season for Bingham High’s boys’ basketball team.
He already has surpassed that total after just three games this season and has become the Miners’ go-to player.
“I’m OK with it. I’ll do whatever coach wants,” Evans said about his new role after leading the Miners to a 66-46 victory over West Jordan on Friday. “I just want to play with the team and be a good teammate. I felt fine tonight.”
Evans was more than just fine. He was accurate, making three 3-pointers in the second quarter to help the Miners crawl out of an early 13-8 deficit. With Bingham’s shooters finally finding their rhythm, the Miners used a 30-9 run between the halves to build a double-digit lead that remained throughout.
Evans finished with five 3-pointers and 24 points, but his defense is garnering the most attention from Bingham’s coaches.
“Jordan’s been a great player his whole life, but he’s become a better defender to where we can use him at this level,” Bingham coach Mark Dubach said. “He can get shots on his own and off our sets. They zoned us and we struggled early, but we finally got a lead and got them out of the zone.”
Meanwhile, the struggles continue for West Jordan, which has started 0-3 after reaching the 5A semifinals last year. The Jaguars lost a combined average of 63 points per game with the graduations of five players. West Jordan’s scoring average has dipped by 20 points per game in their absence.
Still, the Jaguars led 13-8 in the second quarter before Bingham took the lead for good on Evans’ 3-pointer. The rout was on from there.
“We got better defensively tonight,” Dubach said. “I’m happy with where we are defensively after tonight. We still need to work on improving our boxing out and rebounding.”
Evans, who played football for the Miners, spent the summer with the Utah Pump-N-Run club team along with countless hours in the weight room.
“My defense and physicality have improved,” Evans said.
The Jaguars managed to cut the lead to 41-30 on Spencer Nisson’s basket late in the third quarter before the Miners (2-1) rebuilt the margin to 58-37 on Evans’ fifth 3-pointer of the game midway through the fourth.
Parker Brown led West Jordan with 11 points and nine rebounds.