A Rhodes Scholar, national player of the year and Olympian, Jodi Evans enters the Canada West Hall of Fame as one of the conference’s truly great student-athletes.
The former University of Calgary Dinos basketball standout was announced Tuesday as the latest player to earn Canada West’s highest honour.
Regarded as one of the finest all-around student-athletes in conference history, Evans was an academic and basketball star over five years at the University of Calgary.
Between 1987 and 1991, Evans earned four Canada West all-star honours and helped the Dinos to four straight conference banners between 1988 and 1991. From October 28, 1988, to March 10, 1990, Evans was part of Calgary’s remarkable 69-game winning streak, which included an undefeated 1988-89 season capped by the Dinos winning the 1989 CIAU national championship.
“We had such a strong team, and it really was a team,” Evans said. “We had great individual players, but that we all played together and leveraged each other’s strengths was just fantastic. We’d been together for a long time, and we did things people didn’t think a University of Calgary team could do.
“Those were very fond years for me.”
Evans ended her university career in 1991 by being named Canada West and CIAU Player of the Year, when she led the conference in scoring (20.7 PPG), assists (7.65 APG), and rebounds (14.5 RPG). That season, she was also named the University of Calgary’s Female Athlete of the Year, along with the top female athlete in all of Calgary.
Following her graduation from the U of C, she went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning her PhD in management studies.
On the international stage, Evans competed for the Canadian national team for eight years (1988-96), culminating with an appearance at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
In 2006, Evans was inducted in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. She is currently a partner with Deloitte based out of Vancouver.