By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

From Falcon to Sea Lion: Boumann changes course

Vince Boumann and Seattle Pacific University parted ways in May when the 2014 McMinnville High School graduate and Clackamas Community College basketball player thought he would find something better after Falcons head men’s basketball coach Ryan Looney departed.
Boumann found what he was looking for – at Looney’s new school.
Boumann, a 6-foot-9 center, told the News-Register that he is signing a National Letter of Intent with NCAA Division II Point Loma Nazarene University to play basketball.
Boumann kept in touch with Looney after he departed Seattle Pacific for Point Loma on May 3. He took a visit to the San Diego campus “a couple of weeks ago” and was offered a full athletic scholarship, which he accepted.
“I had never been to San Diego before. Honestly, I didn’t want to come back,” Boumann said. “It was great down there. I had never seen a palm tree before until I went down there and I saw one.
“The campus is beautiful. From anywhere on campus, you have a view of the ocean. If I went to Seattle, I wouldn’t have the same weather that Oregon has. It’ll be nice to have two years of sun.”
The Sea Lions, a member of the PacWest Conference, went 12-14 overall and 8-12 in PacWest play in the 2015-16 season, losing five of its last six contests. Six seniors are graduating off of the squad.
Point Loma announced on May 9 that assistant coaches Jordan Courneya and Wil Bush would be retained by Looney. Boumann said he met with both coaches on his visit.
“They were really cool. I just got along with them real well,” Boumann said. “Just seem like fun guys to be around honestly. I think it’ll be a great time. They seem real excited to have me.”
In the 2015-16 season with the Oregon City-based Cougars, Boumann averaged 22.7 points and 10.9 rebounds while leading the Cougars to a 19-11 overall record (11-5 NWAC). Boumann led the NWAC in field goal percentage (65.4 percent) and rebounding; his scoring mark was fourth-best in the league. He is on track to earn an associate’s degree from Clackamas and has two seasons of eligibility and a possible redshirt season available at Point Loma.
Boumann said he was diagnosed with a fracture in his right food this spring that has limited his offseason work.