Heshimu Evans ‘94 came to Trinity-Pawling for a post-graduate year in the fall of 1993. Hailing from the Bronx, NY, Evans recalls the move to Pawling as an eye-opening experience that he would never forget. “I wish I could have been in that conducive environment for all four years of high school,” Evans reflects. “One fond memory that seems to stick out is when I planted a tree in front of Johnson Dorm (because I slightly bent the rules!). I’m proud to say that after returning to campus in 2015 the tree had blossomed into an old and wise oak.”
While his time at Trinity-Pawling was brief it was impactful. Evans was a member of the historic basketball team that year that went 22-0 and finished as Class B Champions. Upon graduating from Trinity-Pawling, Evans headed off to Manhattan College for two years before transferring to the University of Kentucky on a full basketball scholarship, where his team won the 1998 NCAA Men’s Championship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in social work, and subsequently played pro basketball in Europe, Africa, and Asia for 15 years. Evans then headed to Mumbai, India where he worked with the NBA and taught grass root basketball to kids across the country.
After a whirlwind life of living abroad, Evans came back to the states. “After hanging up the playing shoes I became a strength coach at Manhattan College where we were crowned the 2015 MAAC Champions and had an automatic birth to the NCAA Tournament.” Evans now calls Lexington, Kentucky home, and thinks back on his days at Trinity-Pawling fondly. “Trinity-Pawling will always have a special place in my heart and I look forward to visiting again in the near future,” Evans concludes.