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Wilson Evolution Indoor Game Basketball, Intermediate - Size 6
Style Name: Intermediate - 28.5"|Color: Black|Change
Price:$48.64+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

on January 14, 2015
These are hands down the best game balls you can buy. I've been playing and coaching basketball for at least 30 years and I LOVE Wilson Evolutions. I've had Spalding TF-1000s (these used to be the best), Badens, Nike, and Wilson Evolutions. The TF-1000s were amazing when they first game out in the 90's, but the ones they make now just don't feel as good as the original TF-1000s. Baden basketballs feel nice, but out of the dozen or so that we purchased for our program, probably 33% of them didn't hold air after just one season. Badens also seem to become lopsided quite easily. Nike game balls feel nice, but are just too expensive. They also don't feel quite as good as the Evolutions.

The Evolutions strike the right balance between grip and soft feel. They are durable (last for many, many seasons) and can be found for reasonable prices. After having tried all the major brands, we're sticking with the Wilson Evolution.
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on October 7, 2017
This ball has traditionally been an excellent one. I've owned and played with several in the past. It is a ball that has a soft feel, which produces a good grip. It is the correct size and weight (believe it or not, not all basketballs are made to proper specifications). Recently, however, the balls have been manufactured differently, requiring full inflation for them to bounce much. That means the soft feel of the ball is compromised, which is a big disappointment to me. The one I bought from Amazon had to be returned because it did not bounce over my knees even when fully inflated. I replaced it with the same brand at a local sporting goods store, but I had to try out a few there to get one that bounced properly. Why there is so much inconsistency in the manufacturing is beyond me. My basketball group has four of these balls, and they are all a little different in weight and bounce. But the choices are few. This is the best ball that Wilson makes; cheaper ones are garbage. Spalding's high end balls used to be good, then became too light and too small for about 10 years. The most recent ball I've tried from that company was much better.
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on February 28, 2016
The Good:

You will not be disappointed. Micro-pebble fiber really makes a difference on the grip, and when you're in the game and your hands are all sweaty, you'll never have to blame a turnover on your slippery fingers again.

The quality of the basketball is great for fifty dollars. I've been using mine for more than a year, and the material still hasn't worn down, or popped, or shown any signs of deflating. And I've used it a lot.

Also, the basketball is ready to go right out of the box. No need to dig through the junk drawer for an air pump, because all you have to do is remove the box and lace up your sneakers.

The Kind-of Bad:

The Evolution basketball is for indoor use only. So that means, don't even think about taking it outside on a nice sunny day for a game of street ball. The leather, like almost anything, won't hold up against the blacktop. Believe me, I've had friends who have tried and had to ditch the Evolution for a new one in less than a month. A month is still a decent lifetime of continuous play to get out of an indoor ball, but for fifty bucks, I'd advise you not to try.


You can't find a better basketball at that price. The next best ball is probably what the pros use and they cost over a hundred bucks. Sure, you can find balls for maybe half the price but you'll be throwing them away in three months. But if you want one that will last you a long time and make you feel like you're in the pros, then go with the Wilson Evolution. (SMD)
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on July 9, 2017
Best ball for rec indoor basketball hands down.

I've played with an NBA ball, the TF-1000 and the evolution. Everyone prefers the evolution although I prefer the NBA ball when things get sweaty.

Reason being - When this ball gets wet, it gets wet. It will be slippery. You may want to get a towel to wipe it down if you have a few extra sweaty fellows.
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on March 27, 2017
The Wilson evolution is an excellent basketball... BUTTTT!!!!!! I was shipped a replica ball. It is not hard to tell-- all of the reviews stating that the ball was lopsided, or did not bounce evenly- were probably replica balls. You can tell if you have the official ball by observing near the needle inflation hole for ALL of the necessary writing. Please see the below picture for confirmation.
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on July 6, 2017
If you are looking for that soft feel and comfortable indoor basketball, then this is perfect for you. I purchased a TF-1000 Spalding basketball Spalding TF-1000 Classic Indoor Basketball from a local sports vendor and I didn't like how "hard" the leather cover felt while shooting. It was the indoor version and was rated very well, but it just didn't have that nice FEEL to it. If you play basketball often, then you will know what I mean by that.
I purchased this ball because it is a ball I play with often at a local gym and I like the feel and comfort I get in my shot. I got exactly that same feel and comfort in this purchased product and I don't think you will be disappointed in this purchase. The ball becomes even more versatile and shooter friendly the more you play with it, so give it a couple weeks before you decide whether or not you love it.
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on February 5, 2017
Currently I have this Evolution that I ordered here from amazon, another one I gotten from Walmart, original tf-1000 I bought used from Ebay, The Rock, and the Bade Elite basketball. There seems to be different colors from the amazon one to the walmart one. Anywho, people who are saying this must be a bad batch or whatever might need to reconsider. Any composite leather basketball is going to feel slick and not grippable at the beginning. This is the case for all the balls I own right now except for tf-1000 because it was used. YOU MUST BREAK THEM IN!! It doesn't take 1 day or 1 week, it takes months. I'm talking about 3-6 month and depends on how much you play with them. At first at the local gym i go to, everyone had the wilson evolution and it felt totally different with mine. So I asked them where did you get the ball thinking that I had a bad batch or something. It felt buttery smooth and felt like real leather and had a nice tact and feel to it. They told me you had to break them in. All these guys at least had the ball for 6+ month. One kid had the ball for only 3 month and felt buttery smooth and i'm assuming he played alot on them. The best wilson evolution ball I felt was a ball that a guy had for 2+ years. It's the ball game every game because everyone likes it.

But I would say out of the box, I believe the Rock had the nicest feeling. It was the most tackiest and felt nice. Of course, that ball has to be broken in as well and other people at the local has lot of the Rock as well and feels nice once it's broken in.
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on April 4, 2018
Best basketball there is... And everyone knows it, so make sure you write the owner's name all over it, in huge letters, with a phone number. My son's name was on it, but fairly small, and didn't seem to matter. It was stolen during a basketball game (probably from a disgruntled member of the team we beat). They should put a GPS tracking device in these things, or module like a "Tile" or "Cube" inside, so that you can activate it and make it start beeping loudly. I'd pay another $10-20 to have that (and I would appreciate some royalties from Wilson when they do it). :-)

Great ball... just keep your eyes on it at all times!
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on February 28, 2017
**update 5/26/17**
Even better after being used for a while. It's now broken in and is the ball that is used for all pickup games at the YMCA. People get mad when I leave and they have to use a different ball!

Just played with it for the first time. Probably the best ball I have ever owned. Excellent grip, very soft, came inflated to the perfect amount. If you don't mind paying a little for an indoor only ball - this is the one!
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on October 3, 2016
I've never bought any other ball. Very nice grip and worth every penny. I'm usually skeptical when it comes to buying a good basketball and used to go to wal mart to get a cheap one. But I would have to say that every Wilson Evo ball I've ever purchased has never gone wrong. This is an inside court ball so obviously don't use it outside or it ruins the material. Great product.
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