Evan Eschmeyer (born May 30, 1975 in New Knoxville, Ohio) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent, on August 25, 2001.
Eschmeyer attended Northwestern University where, after missing two seasons with injuries, he led the team in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding and blocked shots his final three years. As a senior he earned All-American status and led Northwestern to the NIT tournament while averaging 19.6 points and 10.1 rebounds.
The New Jersey Nets selected the 6'11 center in the second round of the 1999 NBA draft. He appeared in 31 games his rookie year averaging 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds. His most successful season as a professional was his second year in the league where, still with the Nets, he saw action in 74 games, starting 51 of those. His averages rose to 3.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg in eighteen minutes of action per game.
His contract with New Jersey expired after the 2000-2001 season and he signed over the summer with Dallas. His first season with the Mavs was injury-plagued and Eschmeyer played in only 31 games. He missed 22 games with a sprained right ankle and another 11 games with a sore left ankle. He was limited to just 2.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in just over 9 minutes per contest.
During the off-season, Eschmeyer married Kristina Divjak who also attended Northwestern and was player on the women's basketball team.
The final season in Evan Eschmeyer's pro career was just as frustrating as the others as he saw action in only 17 games posting averages of 1.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.9 minutes of court time. In juries were a factor throughout his career and he spent the entire next season attempting to come back from knee surgery but to no avail. During training camp in 2004, the Mavericks announced Eschmeyer's retirement due to the lingering knee problems.
"I feel like the luckiest person in the world to live a dream of mine," Eschmeyer said in the retirement announcement. "I am sad it has come to an end but I know I have given every ounce of effort, every second I have played."
Northwestern honored their second all-time leading scorer electing Eschmeyer to their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.