what of Shannon Evans and Betis Basketball has been one of the soap operas of the summer. It had been a long time since something like this happened in the Andalusian capital. Perhaps since the last season of Tomas Satoransky, when it seemed that he could go to Barcelona, although the Czech ended up giving one more campaign to the Sevillian basketball fans. And what a season! ‘Play off’ by the hand of Aíto García Reneses and a team to dream of. That dream did not last long. Repeat experience seems difficult, but With the renewal of the base, the section sends a message of ambition that other years lacked. The player finished last year with MVP numbers and his first words after its renewal one comes off desire to want to do something great dressed in verdiblanco.
“I wanted to stay in Seville and once I saw that the management began to maintain the same core of players and added other important pieces, it was clear to me. I want to continue helping to build the culture of basketball here in Seville. People here love basketball, so it’s our job to show it to the rest of Spain and, hopefully, to European competition,” the player told this newspaper, wanting to continue all the good that the group showed in the second half of last season with Louis Casimir at the helm, a coach who changed the way of seeing Evans basketball in the Endesa League. “Luis made us have a competitive nature. He always made us compete at the highest level. Transferring all that to the locker room during training every day, me and my teammates, made us compete in every game,” he said at the end of last year. to the official media, highlighting the good harmony between the two. A key connection in its continuity, without a doubt.
It is difficult to talk about the future. Also present and other reasons why his decision was postponed so long. Obviously he has the level to play in the Euroleague. Left over. But it doesn’t matter the reasons why he finally stays at Betis, but to focus on this new course after a first campaign in Seville that “I would define as to remember, simply because the team went through all possible states of emotion”.
And that has made Evans become a “authentic Betis fan” enjoying the Benito Villamarín. “The atmosphere in the games is incredible, to name just one reason. I feel like I have green blood.” But there is more. The point guard fell in love with the city, its culture, environment and way of life. And he has always shown on social networks to be not only an ambassador for Seville but for Beticism, which gives more value to his spectacular final stretch of the season and how he led the Heliopolitan team to a salvation that at times seemed impossible: “Inside, in the locker room, we always believed that the team would continue in the ACB. We just had to put together a run of good games and if you look back even in many losses we had a chance of winning, as they were very close matches. We were on the right track and we knew how to maintain confidence until the results came”, explains the man from Suffolk (Virginia), who will be the natural leader of Betis Basketball in the 2022-23 season.
He has earned it hard with some MVP numbers. He was the best player of the month for May in the Endesa League, averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 assists and a PIR of 37 in three games. The averages throughout the course were more than 31 minutes (34 games), 17.4 points (30.6% in triples), three rebounds, 6.8 assists (top assist in the competition) and 19.1 of assessment. With these numbers he already thinks about this next season, in which the key will be “Always believe in each other and go out and play hard every day”.
The team finished like a shot last season and in the end the league fell short after winning six of the last seven games (defeat against Real Madrid) and eleven of the last 20. Can it serve as a measure for the new Betis? “I don’t know what the team of the last half of this season would have achieved if we had had the same players from the beginning.but this campaign we start with a good amount of those same players from last year, so we have an opportunity to prove it this coming year. I am hopeful”the Betis base finished.