Incoming freshman walk-on Evan Inglesby arrives at Gonzaga as one of the more prolific scorers in Oregon history. The 6’4 guard averaged 20.9 points per game in his senior season, shooting a staggering 60 percent from the floor and a respectable 82 percent from the free-throw line.
He did this while playing alongside Jesse White, who finished his high school career as the fifth-highest scorer in state history, pushing past noted-Oregonian Payton Pritchard.
Inglesby reportedly received offers for other walk-on spots from Division I schools and most likely could’ve been a major player on a multitude of D-III and D-II schools. In the end, he chose Gonzaga for the academics, he told Prephoops.com.
“What is different about Gonzaga is how strong their academics are,” Inglesby said. “They have a Top 10 business program in the country so that stood out to me right away. I also love the city of Spokane and it’s a really cool friendly city and a place I could see myself living. The opportunities there are huge not only in my career preparation but also the chance to play D-I basketball.”
“It’s always been a dream to play at this level and will be an experience I can’t have anywhere else,” Inglseby continued. “I love Gonzaga for the school itself and the basketball portion is just a bonus for me.”
With the heralded Tricky Trio taking all of the recruiting credit, the members of the freshman walk-on class are no slouches. They are the new crop of players who will help Gonzaga in the most important ways, while not receiving a lick of credit during the process. Considering juniors Will Graves and Matthew Lang are part of the team, there is a good chance we will not see a single minute of Inglesby this year. Such is the life of a walk-on. The chance to showcase the shot comes later in the career.