By Jeremy McDonald
OREGON CITY, Ore.— A few years ago, Vince Boumann was walking across the stage at McMinnville High School after a very successful prep career.
Now fast forward to 2016, after numerous rim-breaking dunks, countless Double-Double games (15 in total) and an incredible average of 22.68 point, 10.86 total rebound and 0.71 steals a game in 28 games in 2016; the Clackamas Community College sophomore is looking forward towards to the challenges ahead.
For Boumann, this past year has been a lot of fun playing down in the trenches as the center for the Cougars.
“Well, it was a lot of fun being that guy,” said Boumann on his strong performance for the 19-11, 11-5 NWAC-South Region Clackamas team. “It was a big learning lesson for me. I learned what it’s like to be the star of a team and I’ve never experienced that before.
“I’ve come along since my first season at CCC and I am only going to get better and can’t wait to prove myself at the next level.”
As the spring merges into the summer, the six-foot-ten-inch athlete will take his talents to a new horizon, to a whole new state:
Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, under new Head Coach Ryan Looney; Looney had interest in Boumann while coaching up at Seattle Pacific.
“I had originally signed with Seattle Pacific and (Looney) left to Point Loma and offered me a full ride to go along with him,” said Boumann.
Looney preaches his kids to be student-athletes as he’s known for his athletic development. His players have bolster Tops in GPA in the Great Northwest Conference for five consectuative seasons while going 164—51 on the court of play.
“It’s a luxury to have a coach that wants you to do well in the classroom as well because he’s helping to prepare you for a better future as well,” started Boumann on Looney. “Having a coach that cares about your success off the court is great.”
As for the system that Looney runs, Boumann enjoys and is excited for what the future has in store for him.
“I really liked the offense he runs,” said Boumann. “The goal is to get the ball to me where I can be successful with it and so I will be able to thrive in his system. He’s also one of the most organized people I’ve ever met and he really knows how to win.”
As Boumann prepares for this next exciting chapter of his life now as a Sealion, he won’t forget the two years he spent in the Red and Blue at Clackamas Community College.
“Clackamas provided me with two years of extra development that I needed to play at a University since I was a late bloomer out of high school,” said Boumann. “I feel like I grew up a lot here and learned a lot and I feel ready for the next level.”