PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Some day, R.J. Evans might look back on Dec. 18, 2011, as the day everything changed for him.
A solid player and student at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Evans, a graduate of Norwich Free Academy, had the chance to play against UConn at the XL Center, and reveled in the experience — even if his team was overmatched in a 77-40 loss. Evans took 17 shots, impressing the UConn coaches, and scored 15 points.
"I guess I have to thank Coach [Milan] Brown for scheduling that game and bringing me home," Evans said with a big smile. "If I didn't play well, things might not have happened."
A chain of events began that...