RICHMOND, Ky. – A.J. Youngman, a 6-5 guard out of Manual High School in Peoria, Illinois, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, head coach Dan McHale announced on Monday.
Youngman averaged 12.3 points-per-game and led Manual in three-point shooting as a junior. His play helped the Rams reach the Class 3A Illinois state semifinals.
“A.J. Youngman is as good of a shooter as I have ever seen,” McHale said. “He has great size and is a tremendous passer. A.J. is an unbelievable addition to our program and will have an immediate impact. He is the son of a coach, and like I have said before, that is the highest compliment I can give.”
Youngman scored over 1,100 points while playing three seasons of varsity basketball in Kentucky from 2012-14. He played at Greenup County High School as a seventh-grader and Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown as an eighth-grader and freshman. He averaged 19.0 points-per-game as an eighth-grader and was named All-5th Region as a freshman.
Youngman enters his senior season at Manual having scored over 1,600 points in his high school career.
Youngman joins guards Dedric Boyd (Brownsville, Tennessee) and Peyton Broughton (London, Kentucky) in EKU’s 2017 signing class. Look for additional information on Broughton later this week.
McHale’s Colonels host mid-major power UNCW tonight at McBrayer Arena at 7:00 p.m.