When Jeremy Evans Isn't Winning Dunk Contests, He's Drawing

Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerApril 6, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz reacts after he dunks during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Evans won the dunk contest, but he's more than just a dunker.

He's more than just a basketball player, too. In an interview with SLAMonline.com, Evans discussed his other passion with Abe Schwadron. That passion is art. While Evans was gifted with the ability to jump out of the gym he was also given an artistic hand.

Evans uses his other talent as a release away from basketball. From SLAMonline:

Armed with oils, pastels, acrylics and charcoal, Evans draws and paints celebrities, landscapes and anything else that inspires him. Earl WatsonFrancisco Elson and Al Jefferson are among a handful of teammates for whom Evans has sketched likenesses on basketballs, and he points to portraits of Michael Jordan and Halle Berry as sources of pride.

“I started drawing when I was 5 years old,” says Evans, who turns 24 in October. “And my stick figures were a little different from everyone else’s."

Earl Watson tweeted a photo of one of those paintings to his Twitter account today. A baby Watson sits cross-legged in a sandbox, tossing an over-the-head alley-oop to a baby Evans, standing on his toes to dunk on the plastic hoop.

photo via @earl_watson
photo via @earl_watson

It's not often we get to see the other side of professional athletes. Creativity is a great thing. Now we just need the rest of his teammates to tweet more photos of his artwork.