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SEC Basketball: Ranking the top 20 incoming transfers for the 2024-25 season

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17. Chris Youngblood (Alabama)

2023-24 Season at South Florida: 15.3 PPG | 2.5 RPG | 2.1 APG | 45.8 FG% | 41.6 3PT%

Chris Youngblood made the jump to AAC last season when he transferred to South Florida and immediately found success. He averaged over 15 points per game while making nearly 42 percent from behind the point line, earning him the Co-AAC Player of the Year while leading South Florida to first place in the conference. 

Youngblood is a good scorer from all over the floor but has been a solid three-point shooter and floor-placer during his college years, making 41.6 percent this last season on five attempts per game. He wasn’t much of a facilitator offensively for the Bulls, averaging 2.1 assists per game, but made the most of his catch-and-shoot opportunities. 

He isn’t the quickest player on the court with the ball in his hands, but is strong and can absorb some contact. He has also proven in the past to be a solid rebounder. Youngblood averaged over five rebounds per game in his second year at Kennesaw State. Defensively he has found varying levels of success. In his last season at KSU, he averaged just over one steal per game, but honestly, that shouldn't impact his playing time at Alabama since the Tide beat teams with its offense and not defense. 

Youngblood might have found the perfect landing spot to showcase his abilities. At Alabama, he will play a secondary guard role either behind or next to Mark Sears, which should open up a slew of wide-open shots on the perimeter. Nate Oats' teams are known for being top-tier three-point shooting teams and with the addition of Chris Youngblood, this trend should continue.