VALPARAISO | Clay Yeo became the latest in a line of recent Valparaiso men's basketball players to exit the program with remaining eligibility.
The Triton product is transferring to Bethel after playing one season with the Crusaders. Yeo becomes the 29th player to leave Valparaiso with eligibility remaining in the last 11 years.
Valparaiso has had at least one player leave the program prematurely every season since the 2002-03 campaign.
Yeo confirmed the transfer in a text message to The Times of Northwest Indiana early Sunday afternoon while coach Bryce Drew released a statement later in the day.
“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. “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.”
Yeo played in 28 games as a freshman, averaging nearly 14 minutes per contest while scoring 4.1 ppg. The Indiana All-Star shined in early February when he connected on a buzzer-beating game-winning 3-pointer to beat Oakland. Yeo’s offensive heroics came after he limited NCAA all-time 3-point shooter Travis Bader.
Yeo was unavailable for further comment on Sunday evening.
Yeo becomes the fifth player to leave the program in the Bryce Drew Era, joining Alex Rossi (health), Jay Harris (Wagner), Hrvoje Vucic (Walsh) and Richie Edwards (Arizona State). Other notable players to leave the Crusaders early over the last 11 years include Brandon Wood (Michigan State), Samuel Haanpaa (professional) and Kenny Harris (health).
The rest of the Valparaiso roster is expected to return to campus on Monday for the continuation of summer workouts and the beginning of the second summer session of classes.