Men's College Basketball

Hawks find backcourt help with transfer from Montevallo

Jack Youmans, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard who started 29 of 30 games as a true freshman at the University of Montevallo, is transferring to Quincy University and will add experience and depth to a depleted backcourt. | Photo courtesy University of Montevallo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 19, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- The coronavirus pandemic forced Jack Youmans to do his homework.

Having made the decision to transfer from the University of Montevallo after sitting out a majority of his sophomore season with a stress fracture, the 6-foot-2 shooting guard didn't have the luxury of making campus visits to see if any of his suitors would be the right fit.

He had to rely on instincts and intuition as much as anything.

And then there was the homework.

"You have to have a lot of conversations with the coaches and do your research on it," Youmans said.

What he discovered is he liked everything Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal and his staff were doing.

"I talked to all the coaches and I trusted them," Youmans said. "It seems like a family atmosphere. With the guys they have coming back and with myself and the other guys coming in, I feel like we can shock a lot of people and win a lot of games."

Coming off a 14-win season and only the third .500 or better season in the last eight years, the Hawks return a bevy of scoring and quality play in the frontcourt. What was lacking was experience and depth in the backcourt.

Youmans and Silas Crisler, a transfer from Lubbock Christian, alleviate that concern, as will a strong group of high school seniors who have signed national letters of intent or committed.

"What the coaching staff told me and what they're looking for out of me is a guy who can score the ball and make plays," Youmans said. "I feel like I can provide that."

As a true freshman during the 2018-19 season at Montevallo -- an NCAA Division II school in Montevallo, Ala., and a member of the Gulf South Conference -- Youmans started in 29 of 30 games, averaging 24.1 minutes, 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. He was second on the Falcons with 37 made 3-pointers and shot 82.4 percent from the free-throw line.

"I'm a scorer who can get in the paint and make plays for others," Youmans said. "I'm just a competitor."

That made sitting out last season so incredibly tough.

Youmans played in the first five games, averaging 19 minutes and 5.8 points before sitting out the remainder of the season with a stress fracture. He is expecting to get a medical redshirt and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"I can't wait. It's been too long," Youmans said. "I'm really excited to get after it. I'm really excited."

And he's excited about being in a place he believes will feel like home. That's what he sought when he left Montevallo.

"I wanted to find the right fit. I wanted more of a family atmosphere," Youmans said. "And I wanted to win a lot games, win a conference championship and make a run at a national championship or a deep run into March. I felt this is the best place to do it."