To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Cal Poly forward Chris Eversley about growing up in Chicago with a pair of brothers named Michael and Jordan.
Your non-conference schedule includes games against Arizona, Oregon, Pitt, and Stanford. Which of these games do you feel will present your biggest test? I feel that all of them are big, but if I had to pick one it would be our opening game against Arizona. Both of us want to make statements, and it is important for both of us to get off to a good start.
You are the team’s leading scorer and rebounder – how much pressure is there on you to be a leader this year? I feel the same amount of pressure as last year: it is not all on one person, but dispersed throughout all our upperclassmen. Nobody has to do everything themselves.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? We need to compete in our preseason games, and everybody wants the same thing: to win a conference title and get to the big dance. We have to stay healthy and stay on the same page.
Your two brothers are named Michael and Jordan: was it a coincidence that you grew up in Chicago?! My dad said there is no coincidence, but I guess it might be something subconsciously.
You began your career at Rice: why did you decide to transfer, and what made you pick Cal Poly? I thought I would have better opportunities to play elsewhere, and assistant coach Omar Lowery was the driving force.
Your father played basketball for the Chicago Bulls and your mother played in two NCAA tourneys at Long Beach State. Who is the best athlete in the family, and do you credit at least some of your success to genetics? I get that question a lot. My mom is 6’3” and my dad is 6’5”, so they deserve a lot of credit. As far as the best athlete…I will take myself over both of them!
You play for Coach Joe Callero, what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him? He knows how to develop talent: a lot of players are raw when entering college, and he teaches us the skills on the court and the mindset to approach the game. He told me that I would have to redshirt and then battle for a spot, so his honesty was nice.
You turn 22 later this month: what are your plans for the big day? I will be in practice working out with my teammates, and then go out to dinner: nothing crazy. Then get up the next morning and go back to practice.