STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head basketball coach Brad Underwood has announced the addition of Lamont Evans and Mike Boynton, Jr., as assistants on his Cowboy coaching staff.
Evans spent the previous four seasons helping to rebuild the program at South Carolina, where he served in the same capacity for Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin. Evans and Underwood spent five seasons together on the staffs at Kansas State and South Carolina.
“We’re very fortunate to have Lamont join the Cowboy family,” said Underwood. “I take tremendous comfort with Lamont in terms of who he is and what he stands for. His ability to work and interact with our players is second to none. He has established recruiting ties all over the country, and I consider him one of the top recruiters in the country. There’s no doubt he’ll benefit our program and our student-athletes for years to come.”
While at South Carolina, Evans was instrumental in the recruiting and signing of Perry “PJ” Dozier, a McDonald’s All-American, as well as top-50 recruit Sindarius Thornwell. In his first season in Colombia, S.C., Evans helped the Gamecocks sign the No. 23 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.com in 2013-14.
The 2015-16 season was one of the best in recent memory for South Carolina. Evans helped the Gamecocks post 25 wins and a victory in the NIT after a perfect 15-0 start in non-conference play.
Evans and Carolina also excelled in the classroom. USC posted five consecutive semesters with a team GPA of a 3.0 or above, which helped them bring home three NABC Honors Court accolades.
Evans helped the Gamecocks to a 17-16 overall record, including six SEC victories and an upset win over No. 9 Iowa State during the 2014-15 campaign. It marked the Gamecocks’ first winning record and the most league wins since 2009-10.
“I’m extremely excited to be apart of coach Underwood’s staff at Oklahoma State,” Evans said. “He and I developed such a strong bond in our years working together that I consider him more like a family member. From our time together at K-State and South Carolina, to what he’s done at Stephen F. Austin, coach Underwood has proven to be a winner, and he’s done it the right way. You can’t deny what he’s done as a coach or person. He’s a family man with an incredible work ethic and values, and I’m so excited to be a part of the Cowboy family.”
During his four seasons at Kansas State, Evans helped the Wildcats compile 96 victories – an average of 24 wins per season – and advanced to the postseason each year, with three trips to the NCAA Tournament. Evans assisted with the development of several players during his time at Kansas State, including All-Americans Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen.
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 point guard at Hallandale High School in Hallandale, Fla.
Evans played his first two years of college basketball at Seminole (Fla.) Junior College in Sanford, Fla., and St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Kentucky, before enrolling at Drake in 1999. After a solid season at Seminole during the 1996-97 campaign, when he averaged 19 points and 7.1 assists per game. Averaging 16.2 points and 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.
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.
Boynton spent the last three seasons with Underwood at Stephen F. Austin, where he helped the Lumberjacks rack up a total of 89 wins, which are tied for the most by any coaching staff in its first three campaigns.
“Mike Boynton will be an asset to this Oklahoma State basketball program,” Underwood said. “Mike was a terrific player in New York City and had a great career at the University of South Carolina. When we came on board at South Carolina I got a chance to really get to know Mike, and when I got the job at Stephen F. Austin it was such a natural fit for him to join me there. Since then, we have developed a tremendous friendship. I have a ton of respect for the job he does with our student-athletes both on and off the court. He’s extremely bright, and has recruiting experience all over the country. I’m excited that he’s joining us in Stillwater.”
Last season, Boynton helped the Lumberjacks win 28 games, including a first-round upset of No. 2 seed West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. The season capped of a run of success at SFA that included three straight Southland Conference titles, a 53-1 record in league play, three SLC Player of the Year awards and three SLC Coach of the Year awards.
Boynton played a vital part in the Lumberjacks’ success upon his arrival in 2013-14, which included a 32-3 overall record, 18-0 Southland Conference mark, SLC regular season and tournament titles, NCAA Tournament second round victory over fifth-seeded VCU and berth in the third round against fourth-seeded UCLA.
Boynton’s second season with the Lumberjacks yielded similar results. SFA posted a 29-5 overall record and came within a win of sweeping conference play for the second-straight season. The squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round as a No. 12 seed for the second-consecutive season, where it faced off against fifth-seeded Utah.
Boynton came to SFA after spending four years as an assistant coach at The University of South Carolina, including the 2012-13 season with Underwood.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to join Brad at Oklahoma State,” Boynton said. “Brad is a man of great character and he has an unbelievable passion for the game of basketball. I have learned so much over the past three seasons working by his side. I look forward to bringing excitement and pride to the great alumni and fans of Oklahoma State University.”
Boynton was a four-year letterwinner for the Gamecocks from 2001 to 2004 and served as the associate head coach for the Wofford Terriers prior to joining the South Carolina staff for the 2008-09 season.
While on staff in Columbia, Boynton helped lead the Gamecocks to three wins over national Top-Five opponents, including an upset of then-No. 1 Kentucky in 2009-10 and wins over then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 2 Ohio State in 2010-11 while fielding one of the youngest teams in the country.
He also had a part in South Carolina landing one of its best recruiting classes in recent history in the summer of 2010, bringing in a class ranked No. 17 in the country according to Scout.com, No. 22 in the Rivals.com rankings and No. 25 class according to ESPN.com.
In 2008-09 Boynton helped South Carolina earn double-digit SEC victories for the first time since the 1998 season and earned the SEC Eastern Division Co-Championship. The Gamecocks had previously reached double-digit victories just three times in their 20-year history competing in the SEC. Additionally, South Carolina’s 21 wins that year marked its first 20-win season since the 2005-06 campaign.
Prior to South Carolina, Boynton spent a year as the associate head coach at Wofford.
Boynton worked as an assistant at Coastal Carolina for two seasons prior to his stint at Wofford. In his two years at Coastal, the Chanticleers went 35-25 overall, including a 20-win season in 2005-06.
As a four-year player at South Carolina, Boynton played in 125 career games, which ranks fourth all-time. He also finished in the top 10 in career 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted. He ranks in the top 10 in single-season starts and minutes played and led the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament as a senior, starting 32 games and averaging 9.9 points and a team-high 3.5 assists per game.
Boynton graduated from South Carolina with a degree in African-American studies.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Boynton earned first-team All-New York City honors after leading his team to a 24-4 mark and a berth in the city semifinals. He was inducted into the Bishop Loughlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2011.
Boynton is married to the former Jenny Hill, and the two have a son, Ace, and a daughter, Zoe.