Southern Virginia University junior forward Wesley Evans was recently featured on the Capital Athletic Conference web site as an introduction to the 2013-14 men's basketball season. The following is a transcript of his responses to the league office:
Southern Virginia junior Wesley Evans returned from a two-year mission to serve as one of the top substitutes on last year's men's basketball squad that posted a 17-7 overall record. Evans, who averaged 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds in nearly 20 minutes per game in 2012-13, hopes to move into the starting lineup this season as the Knights enter their first year as members of the Capital Athletic Conference. INTRODUCING … Wesley Evans.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play? Men's Basketball – I have been playing basketball for as long as I can remember. I played throughout elementary, middle and high school before coming to Southern Virginia University in 2008. My brother Cory was a major influence in helping me to excel in basketball and deciding to come to the university. After the 2008-09 school year, I left Southern Virginia for two years to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. For those two years, I did not attend school, did not have a paying job and did not see my family or friends. I aided in serving and teaching others how to become happier and reach their full potential in life. I learned to speak Spanish fluently as I worked with mainly Hispanic people. After those two years I returned to Southern Virginia University to attend school and play basketball again.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline? My major is Business Management and Leadership. The most important thing I have learned thus far is what it takes to be successful in the business world and how to effectively lead others to success.
What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is definitely the gym because that is where I feel most at home. I love being in there shooting or practicing.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit? Definitely the Bahamas. I recently went on a cruise there and didn't want to leave. The ocean water is unlike anything I've seen before and the people are some of the most outgoing I've ever met.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)? I participate in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee on campus and I am involved in various church groups with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career. The most memorable experience during my collegiate athletic career is definitely my freshman year in 2008-09. That year I had the unique opportunity to play basketball with my older brother, since he was also attending Southern Virginia University and playing basketball. It was very memorable being able to play alongside him during games, as we had never before had that opportunity.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life? The most influential person in my life besides my family is Jesus Christ because His example has propelled the way I live my life.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students? The most important societal issue facing college students is the amount of debt and student loans that are accumulated due to rising tuition. Tuition costs have risen by 439% since 1982, while annual income increases aren't even close to that. Less and less people are continuing higher education simply because it is unaffordable.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it? I'm not sure exactly how I would do it, but if I could change anything in the world I would change the amount of judging other people that occurs. We have no idea about the lives, circumstances or abilities people have, and have no right to make judgments about someone's life, family, school, work, religion etc. In my opinion, the sadness and hatred that occurs worldwide is due to people thinking or saying something about someone else that isn't completely true. There are too many pre-conceived notions about groups of people, countries, religions and individuals.
What is your favorite form of entertainment? My favorite form of entertainment would have to be watching college basketball and the NBA. I really enjoy watching elite athletes play the game so smoothly and with so much athleticism.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be? Don't spend so much time making a living that you forget to make a life. You become who you want to be by consistently being who you want to become.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team? The Duke University men's basketball team – the team just wins. Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) is the best coach in college basketball and I love how he always finds a way to win every year; even without the most athletic or talented squads. I also can't get enough of the Cameron Crazies. To play in an atmosphere with those types of fans would be amazing.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
1. Coach K – I would like to become a basketball coach someday and would love to pick his brain about his coaching techniques.
2. Myself in 40 years – not to see what happened in my life, but to get advice about goals I should set now and what I should focus on.
3. Benjamin Franklin – I think it would just be cool to talk to that guy.