Tyreke Evans, a Chester native, dismissed from NBA for violating anti-drug policy

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Tyreke Evans, a Chester native, dismissed from NBA for violating anti-drug policy
Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) shoots in front of Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. The 76ers defeated the Pacers 120-96. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Michael Conroy / AP

CHICAGO — Tyreke Evans has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violation of the NBA /NBA Players Association’s anti-drug program.

The Chester native is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.

The 10-year veteran played this season for Indiana Pacers, averaging 10.2 points and 2.4 assists in a reserve role. The 29-year-old swingman has averaged 15.7 points in 594 career games with the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies and Pacers.

The Kings selected Evans with the No. 4 pick in the 2009 NBA draft after his only year at Memphis.

Around Southeastern Pennsylvania, he is known for his storied high school career.

Tyreke Evans sits on the bench during American Christian's game against Atlantic City last night at a tournament at Widener University. Security was heavy around the player and in the arena.
MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Inquirer Staff Photographer Tyreke Evans sits on the bench during American Christian’s game against Atlantic City last night at a tournament at Widener University. Security was heavy around the player and in the arena.

A varsity starter at American Christian since the seventh grade, he scored more than 3,300 career points. He averaged 29 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4.3 steals as a senior, earning The Inquirer’s 2008 Southeastern Pennsylvania boys’ basketball player-of–the-year award.

In 2008, the high school standout took his high-scoring act to the McDonald’s All American Game in Milwaukee.

His crossover move against Jrue Holiday in that game (March 27) was selected as a top-10 play of the day on ESPN’s SportsCenter. That was just one highlight, as the Chester native finished with a team-high 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the East past the West, 107-102. He was named the game’s most valuable player.

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