SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Ronzell Evans dreamed of being part of a professional basketball team, but he started the sport late.
“You can call it a late bloomer, so people would say to me oh, you can go to the NBA or play overseas and at one point it was so out of reach,” he said.
He started playing basketball at Cypress Lake High School in his 9th grade. He was then transferred to Lehigh Senior High School.
He fell in love with the sport.
“It really was a chance for me to graduate and it just gives me a feeling of a place to go to just free myself and not worry about everything. I would say yes, my safe place honestly, ”Evans said.
Evans continued to show up on the pitch, but he reached a breaking point.
“The trip is not ideal, so for me after I graduated from college I didn’t want to play basketball anymore,” Evans said.
The dream of professional basketball was starting to fade away, but Evans’ best friend managed to pull it out.
“I’m like I don’t want to play anymore. He told me to think about it, so I thought about it and without his guidance I wouldn’t be here today,” he said.
Recently, Evans had the opportunity to join the Mexican Cibpac League. He plays for Potros Reynosa’s.
“It still hasn’t really touched me. My excited families. I’m excited, but honestly it still feels surreal to me, ”he said.
Evans is moving to his new place in Mexico and getting ready for next season.
“As soon as I landed we practiced so no time to really figure it all out,” Evans said.
He can’t wait for the opportunity to bring some shiny gear home.
“The goal is to hopefully win the championship with my team. That’s the most important goal, so we’re training now and I feel great, ”said Evans.