MISHAWAKA — Bethel College men's basketball head coach Mike Lightfoot and new athletic director Tom Visker is pleased to announce that Clay Yeo, a former Valparaiso University student-athlete, will sign to play for the Pilots for the 2014-2015 season.
Yeo, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound combo guard appeared in 28 games for the Crusaders last season, starting in one contest. Yeo averaged 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 12.9 minutes per game for head coach Bryce Drew.
"Clay is a tremendous fit to our institution,” stated Lightfoot. “He fits our core values as well as our Christian culture. He will be a big addition to the Bethel basketball program and will thrive in this setting. Clay is a very skilled player that can score in many different ways. Not only is he an offensive threat, but with his length he will really help us on the defensive end.”
While at Valpo, Yeo shot 45 percent from the field including 46 percent from the three-point line. He earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors on Feb. 10 after hitting four three-pointers, including a game-winner, against Oakland.
At the high school level Yeo averaged 26.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game at Triton, helping lead the Trojans to the IHSAA state championship game in both 2011 and 2013. He was named to the Indiana senior boys all-star team and would end his career as the all-time leading scorer at Triton and most prolific scorer in Marshall County history, scoring 1,992 career points.
Yeo, who has three more years of eligibility, joins a Bethel squad who finished 28-8 last season while capturing their second-straight Crossroads League Tournament title and an Elite Eight finish in the NAIA national tournament.