June 19th, 2018

Younker signs with Bellarmine

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Younker signs with Bellarmine
Baylor Younker / photo provided by Bellarmine

Bellarmine University Head Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced the signing on another high school senior to the Knights' 2018 recruiting class on Tuesday.

Baylor Younker, a 6-8 center/forward from Grace Christian High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, has signed a national letter-of-intent and will join the Bellarmine program in the fall.

"Baylor is an exciting prospect on and off the court," Davenport said. "He wins in the classroom and on the court coming off of the Tennessee Division II-A State Championship. He is very young in his class not turning 19 until late December. His work ethic, we—as a staff—love. He played for former outstanding player here at Bellarmine Brandon Clifford, who has a vast basketball coaching background. Baylor has tremendous family support and we welcome him to our basketball family."

As a senior, Younker averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots a game while shooting 63 percent from the field, including 38 percent from beyond the arc. He helped lead the Rams to a 27-7 record this past season and contributed 11 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots in Grace Christian's 46-44 win over Webb in the state championship game.

Younker said he chose Bellarmine because it was the right fit for him. "I had three Division II offers and a couple of D1s were interested, but when I visited Bellarmine, it was like, 'Oh yeah, this is the place.' There's a sense of brotherhood on the team, a sense of family."

His high school coach said Younker's best attribute as a player is that he's only going to get better. "First off, Baylor is a great kid," Clifford said.  "I think the biggest thing about him is his upside.  He's a skilled, athletic big, and he comes from an athletic family.  He's raw but skilled with a lot of natural ability.  I trust Coach Davenport, and I'm excited to how he develops at Bellarmine.  Playing at a high level will accelerate his growth as a player.  I think he will have a great career there."

Clifford, who played at Bellarmine in the 2007-08 season, added that Younker's offensive numbers could have been even better this past season, but there was a wealth of scoring talent on the team. "We had two high-scoring guards so (Baylor) was our third scoring option.  He is a great defender and really protects the rim."

Younker joins the recruiting class that includes incoming freshmen Dylan Penn, Cobe Penny, and Garrett Tipton along with transfers Ethan Claycomb and Chris Palombizio.


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