Lamont Evans enters his fourth season at South Carolina after previously serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State for Frank Martin during the 2011-12 season. He also served as a student assistant (2008-09) and a graduate manager (2009-11) for Martin's Wildcats. Evans works mainly with Carolina's corp of guards, while helping to coordinate team practices and opponent scouting and recruiting.
"Though young in actual experience, Lamont was preparing to coach even during his playing days," Martin said. "He is very well connected in the world of grassroots basketball and has great knowledge of the game."
During Evans' first season on staff, the Gamecocks posted a 14-18 overall record, clinching the Hoops For Hope Classic Tournament crown after going undefeated in the event, which concluded in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, over the Thanksgiving holiday. He also helped the Gamecocks sign the No. 23 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.com. South Carolina won four of its final six games in 2013-14, including two SEC Tournament victories, the first wins for the Gamecocks at the event since the 2008 campaign. The Gamecocks battled through a challenging non-conference schedule, posting wins vs. Saint Mary's at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and home wins versus Alabama, Vanderbilt and No. 17 Kentucky during league play.
Evans helped the Gamecocks to a 17-16 overall record, including six SEC victories and an upset win over No. 9/9 Iowa State during the 2014-15 campaign. It marked the Gamecocks' first winning record and the most league wins since 2009-10. For the second-straight season, Carolina won four of its final six games, including two victories in the SEC Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinal round. Carolina also excelled in the classroom, posting its fifth-consecutive semester of a team GPA of a 3.0 or above during the spring, with the squad earning the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, three earning NABC Honors Court accolades, and 12 team members named to the SEC Winter Academic and the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Rolls.
During his four seasons associated with the program, Kansas State complied 96 victories, an average of 24 wins per season, and advanced to the postseason each year, with three trips to the NCAA Tournament. The school also received a bye in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of his four seasons with the program.
Evans assisted with the development of several players during his time at Kansas State, including All-Americans Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen.
The 2008-09 squad posted 22 wins and earned an at-large bid to the Postseason NIT, which set the stage for a record-setting season in 2009-10, when the team posted a school-record 29 wins, en route to the program's first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in over two decades.
The 2010-11 squad also advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after finishing third in the Big 12. During his first season as an assistant at K-State (2011-12), Evans helped guide the Wildcats to a 22-11 overall record, including a fifth-place finish in the Big 12 with a mark of 10-8, en route to the NCAA Tournament for the third-consecutive season.
Evans, a native of Eleuthera, Bahamas, first came to the United States at the age of five, eventually settling in Deerfield Beach, Fla. He was a standout point guard at Hallandale High School in Hallandale, Fla., where he earned second team Florida Class 5A All-State honors as a junior, before collecting first-team accolades during his senior season in 1995-96.
Evans played his first two years of college basketball at Seminole (Fla.) Junior College in Sanford, Fla., and St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Ky., before enrolling at Drake in 1999. After a solid season at Seminole during the 1996-97 campaign, when he averaged 19.0 points and 7.1 assists per game, his outstanding play at St. Catharine's during his sophomore season saw him draw Division I scholarship offers. Averaging 16.2 points and an impressive 10.1 assists per game at St. Catharine's, Evans was named the most valuable player of Region VII.
Evans played two seasons at Drake where he earned All-MVC and All-Newcomer Team accolades. He followed his time with the Bulldogs playing seven years professionally around the world. His stops included the U.S. Basketball League (USBL), playing for the Lakeland (Fla.) Blue Ducks, and internationally with teams in Slovenia, Germany, Finland, Belgium and Venezuela. He led teams in Slovenia and Belgium to championships, while he was named one of the top international point guards during his time in Germany.
Evans earned his bachelor's degree in social science from Kansas State in the spring of 2009. Evans and his wife, Ebony, have a son, Lamont Jr.