And that’s an important thing for the Cavs, who will need Evans’ experience and leadership. Without the senior, freshmen Teven Jones and Taylor Barnette will likely need to fill in at the point guard position.
Evans averaged 12.5 points against the Tar Heels last season.
Tidbits: With leading scorer and ACC Player of the Year runner-up Mike Scott gone, the Cavs need to find some offense. Although coach Tony Bennett is counting on a more balanced attack, he’ll also be counting on junior guard Joe Harris -- the only returner who averaged double-digit points (11.3) last season -- to be a huge part of it. ... Still, look for defense to continue to be the Cavs’ bread and butter. Although Virginia ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring offense last season (62.5 ppg), it was first in scoring defense (allowing only 54.2 ppg).