, Port Arthur, Texas

January 3, 2013

Earl Evans memorial service set for Saturday

The Port Arthur News


Former Lincoln High School basketball great Earl Evans will be eulogized at a memorial service Saturday at 9 a.m. at the First Sixth Street Baptist Church in Port Arthur. Pastor Thurman Bartee will preside at the service.

Evans, 57, passed away from on Christmas Eve in Edmond, Okla. Cause of death was a heart attack. Funeral services were held for him last Saturday in Edmond.

James Gamble, who was Evans’ head coach and mentor at Lincoln, will be the primary speaker at the memorial service. Also speaking will be Alfred Comeaux, one of Evans’ teammates at Lincoln, and Port Arthur News sports editor Bob West.

Evans was a first team Parade All-America his senior season at Lincoln, after averaging 28.6 points and 19.5 rebounds per game. Rating services listed him as the No. 2 schoolboy player in the nation behind Moses Malone.

After being heavily recruited by schools from coast to coast, Evans chose to sign with the University of Southern California. He left there after two seasons and transferred to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.             

In 55 games for the Runnin’ Rebels, he averaged 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds and helped UNLV to a 41-16 record. He was drafted as a “future” by the Detroit Pistons after his junior season, but returned to   Las Vegas for his senior year.

Caught in the middle of a tumultuous situation in Detroit in the 1979-80 season, and plagued by injuries, he played one year, averaging 4.4 points and 2.1 rebounds. — Bob West