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Valparaiso announces departure of guard/forward Clay Yeo

Jon Ekey, Clay Yeo

Illinois’ Jon Ekey (33) tries to slow Valparaiso’s Clay Yeo (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. Illinois won 64-52. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann)


Sunday afternoon Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew announced a player departure from his program, with 6-foot-4 guard/forward Clay Yeo making the decision to transfer to Bethel College. Bethel College plays at the NAIA level.

“Our university and program have invested a lot into Clay, and we are proud that he has became a better man, a better student and a better basketball player from his time at Valpo,” Drew said in the release.

“He has expressed a strong desire to be closer to his family and high school friends, so we are releasing him from his scholarship at Valpo to enroll at Bethel College.”

In his lone season at Valparaiso, Yeo played an average of 12.9 minutes per contest in 28 games (one start). Yeo averaged 4.1 points per game last season, shooting 44.7% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc. Yeo’s best offensive performance of the season came in a blowout win over Division III North Park University, as he scored 15 points in 22 minutes of action.

However against Division I competition the highlight of Yeo’s freshman campaign came in a win over Oakland on February 9, as he scored 12 points and hit the game-winning three pointer in the 63-60 victory. Yeo scored nine points in his final game as a Crusader, a 58-56 loss to Columbia in the CIT.

Valparaiso, which finished the 2013-14 season with an 18-16 record (7-9 Horizon League), lost two of its top three scorers from that group with forward Alec Peters (12.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg) being their leading returning scorer.

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