Valparaiso transfer Bakari Evelyn commits to Iowa

Iowa received some help in the backcourt in the form of a grad transfer.

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Valparaiso transfer Bakari Evelyn commits to Iowa

The Iowa Hawkeyes play aginst Savannah St during the men's basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 22, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 110-64.

The Iowa Hawkeyes play aginst Savannah St during the men's basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 22, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 110-64.

Roman Slabach

The Iowa Hawkeyes play aginst Savannah St during the men's basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 22, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 110-64.

Roman Slabach

Roman Slabach

The Iowa Hawkeyes play aginst Savannah St during the men's basketball game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 22, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 110-64.

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Iowa basketball could have a depleted backcourt come November, but Fran McCaffery and Company received some good news when Valparaiso graduate transfer guard Bakari Evelyn tweeted his commitment to the Hawkeyes on Sunday.

“I am humbled and honored to announce that I have decided to commit to the University of Iowa,” he tweeted. “Thank you to Coach Dillard and Coach McCaffery for this opportunity.

“Thank you to all the schools who showed interest in recruiting me. I am very appreciative of all your efforts throughout the recruitment process. Me and my family felt that this was the best decision for me and my future and I am proud to put on the Black and Gold. Go Hawkeyes!”

Evelyn averaged 8.4 points per game in 2018-19 to go along with 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists. In 2017-18, however, Evelyn dropped 12.6 points a game, which ranked second on the team. He also hit shots from beyond the arc at a 38.3 percent clip that season.

This won’t be Evelyn’s first time playing in the Big Ten. He played in 18 games for Nebraska as a freshman before transferring to Valparaiso.

Evelyn’s arrival will certainly be a pleasant sight for Hawkeye fans. With Jordan Bohannon’s 2019-20 season up in the air and Isaiah Moss’ transfer, Iowa needed help in the backcourt only Joe Wieskamp,  C.J. Fredrick, and Joe Toussaint in the backcourt.