Men's College Basketball

Transfer guard adds to Hawks' competitive fire

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 22, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Quincy University men's basketball coach Ryan Hellenthal is stocking his roster with players who share his fervor for competition.

Silas Crisler fits that mold.

"I'll do whatever it takes to win," Crisler said. "I just want to win."

So when the 6-foot-3 shooting guard decided to leave Lubbock Christian University after three years in the Chaparrals program, he looked for a place where winning was possible and where basketball was important.

Quincy fits that mold.

"I liked how Coach Hellenthal described it as Basketball Town, USA," Crisler said. "I liked the idea of being in a place where basketball is the center of attention. Texas is all about football. Being in Lubbock, we were down the street from Texas Tech and in the shadow of that.

"The women's program at LCU was super successful, and I loved them to death, but it was like being in two shadows. So I liked how Quincy is a unique area where basketball is so important."

Crisler will have two years of eligibility and brings experience and knock-down shooting to a depleted backcourt. He is one of three guards transferring to Quincy, along with a pair of high school seniors who will be able to step in and help.

Overall, the Hawks have received signed national letters of intent or commitments from 10 players.

"There were a lot of factors where it all came together and I just loved everything about it," Crisler said.

Crisler, who is from Anderson, S.C., which is the same home town as QU assistant coach Zach Durkee, redshirted at Lubbock Christian during the 2017-18 season and then averaged 19.6 minutes, 6.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 29 games as a redshirt freshman, while shooting 38.9 percent from 3-point range.

Last winter, he averaged 15.6 minutes, 4.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 games, while hitting 28 3-pointers. However, his minutes were like a yo-yo, going up and down throughout the season.

"I was ready to move on and find something else," said Crisler, who was complimentary of Chaparrals coach Todd Duncan and the staff. "It just wasn't the right fit."

He's quite certain Quincy will be.

"I can shoot the ball pretty well. That's my bread and butter," Crisler said. "I want to be able to defend and not be a liability. I'll do everything I can and give all the effort. I know how important defense is to the coaching staff.

"I'm glad I can be a part of a program that is improving and has the chance to be really good. I'm looking forward to playing in Quincy."