Son also rising as Citrus Valley’s Evan Oliver excels
By John Murphy
Standing just 5-foot-11 inches and weighing 150 pounds, Evan Oliver doesn’t look like the All-Citrus Belt League player he is.
And yet there the Citrus Valley High guard was in a recent game at Eisenhower’s “Hall of Champions” zipping around the Ike court, firing up 3-pointers, moving without the ball, dishing to teammates and taking more rebounds than he should.
“Evan’s an incredibly hard worker,” Citrus Valley coach Yon Okorodudu said. “He spends a lot of time on his own preparing for the season and takes a lot of shots in his dad’s gym.”
It’s not unusual for the son of a coach to excel and Oliver is no exception. The sophomore is the offspring of Cal State San Bernardino coach Jeff Oliver, who in his 16th year as coach of the Coyotes.
“People know that my dad’s a coach, but I’ve always wanted to make my own reputation,” Oliver said. “I just want people to know me as Evan.”
But even Oliver agrees that having a father as a college coach has benefited him, given the amount of pickup games and open gym time he’s experienced.
“It’s added a lot to my basketball I.Q.,” he said. “I’ve learned so much from his players and from being at practices day-in and day-out. I’ve spent a lot of time working on my game, not just at the high school but in travel ball.”