From under recruited backup to Mid-Major Freshman All-American? No, it’s not a fairy tale, but the path Saints freshman point guard sensation Evan Hymes traveled this season. Already having been named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team, Hymes added the distinction of being named to CollegeInsider.com’s Mid-Major Freshman All-America team this afternoon.
Hymes was signed as a backup to Saints point guard Rakeem Brookens. The Saints had not watched Hymes in person prior to the signing, but were referred to him by an assistant coach on the staff of MAAC foe St Peter’s. The signing proved to be one of the best and biggest surprises of the 2011 recruiting class as Brookens went down in the preseason with a back injury that cost him the entire season, forcing Hymes into the starting role.
Hymes went on to lead the team in assists, 3.7 a game, and finished second in scoring with a healthy average of 13.4 points a game. Hymes electric speed and intense competitive nature made him a quick fan favorite. Some of his season highlights included a 30 point performance against Mount St Mary’s and a phenomenal block at the Mass Mutual Center versus UMass.
Hymes suffered a knee injury in the season finale versus Canisius, but came back a week later to help propel the Saints past a favored Manhattan squad in an overtime thriller in the MAAC Tournament quarterfinals.
Congratulations Evan on another well deserved honor.
Here is the full Collegeinsider.com 2012 Mid-Major All America Team:
Lawrence Alexander 6-2 North Dakota State
Julius Brown 5-10 Toledo
Justin Burrell 5-8 Holy Cross
Johnny Dee 6-0 San Diego
Ben Dickinson 6-9 Binghamton
Quincy Ford 6-8 Northeastern
Trey Freeman 6-2 Campbell
Dylan Garrity 6-2 Sacramento State
Derrick Gordon 6-2 Western Kentucky
Juan’ya Green 6-3 Niagara
Ty Greene 6-2 USC Upstate
Stephan Hicks 6-5 Cal State Northridge
Evan Hymes 5-8 Siena
Lucky Jones 6-5 Robert Morris
Roosevelt Jones 6-4 Butler
Chavaughn Lewis 6-5 Marist
Four McGlynn 6-2 Vermont
Shonn Miller 6-7 Cornell
Saah Nimley 5-8 Charleston Southern
Tahj Tate 6-4 Delaware State
Bernard Thompson 6-3 Florida Gulf Coast
Jarvis Threatt 6-2 Delaware
Seth Tuttle 6-8 Northern Iowa
Kyle Vinales 6-1 Central Connecticut State
Brad Waldow 6-9 Saint Mary’s
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