VU recruit Clay Yeo finds ways to contribute
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent June 12, 2013 11:12PM
Valparaiso recruit Clay Yeo signs an autograph before Wednesday's game between the Indiana Junior All-Stars and the Indiana Senior All-Stars in Tipton. | Brian Peloza~for the Post-Tribune
Updated: July 15, 2013 7:36PM
TIPTON — Indiana All-Star Clay Yeo considers himself to have a high basketball IQ.
The Valparaiso University recruit put that aspect of his game on display in the first half of the Indiana Senior All-Stars’ scrimmage against the Junior All-Stars at Tipton High School on Wednesday.
In the first half of the Seniors’ 133-111 win, while standing under his own basket, Yeo threw an inbound pass off the back of Junior All-Star Trevon Bluiett, scooping it up for a layup.
“Playing with some of these guys on the court I’m not the fastest anymore, I’m not the most athletic or strongest” Yeo said, “so you have to find creative ways to get buckets. That’s just what I’m trying to do.”
Yeo scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes. Lake Central’s Tyler Wideman provided a double-double — 13 points and 10 rebounds — in a starting role for the Junior All-Stars.
As the first male Indiana All-Star selection from Triton, a Class 1A school, Yeo is enjoying being a pacesetter for his school.
“It’s great because it gives the little kids something to strive for and look up to, and hopefully there will be more to follow,” said Yeo, who admittedly can’t fully relate to some of his teammates. “We were talking the other day about graduating classes. (Carmel’s) Michael Volovic said he had one of about 1,300 and I told him mine was 56.”
No matter the school size, Yeo showed winning is winning at any level. Triton won four sectionals and were state runner-up twice during Yeo’s high school career, going 85-19.
He averaged 26.3 points per game for the Trojans last season, losing to Borden by five points in the Class 1A state title game.
“He went to a very small school but he’s still a very outstanding player,” said Indiana Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin of Hamilton Southeastern. “Clay is very versatile. He’s able to shoot it from deep and can finish at the basket.”
Yeo said he will report to Valparaiso on June 30 to begin summer workouts.
“I know the flow of the game and when to set screens,” Yeo said. “I consider myself a pretty good shooter and can attack to get to the basket. I’m just going to try to fit in wherever they need me.”
With Junior All-Stars Trey Lyles (Indianapolis Tech) and JaQuan Lyle (Evansville Bosse) not playing, Wideman stepped up in a big way, grabbing nine offensive rebounds and shooting 6 of 10 from the field.
“In a game like this when it’s as physical as this you have to be a battler,” Junior All-Star coach Brent Chitty of Columbus East said. “The big man came to battle tonight.”
Former Lake Central and current Michigan player Glenn Robinson III made the trip, along with his father, Glenn Robinson, and Indians coach Dave Milausnic. They saw a high-energy performance from Wideman, who grabbed nine rebounds in 11 first-half minutes on the floor.
“You just have to have the determination to go get it and have a knack for the where the ball is going,” Wideman said.
Munster’s Michael Schlotman made both of his field goal attempts, finishing with five points and two assists in 13 minutes for the Senior All-Stars.
Irvin finished with 21 points to pace the Senior All-Stars, while Notre Dame recruit V.J. Beachem (New Haven) added 18 and Purdue recruit Bryson Scott (Fort Wayne Northrop) had 17 points and eight rebounds.
Indiana recruit and Junior All-Star James Blackmon Jr. led all scorers with 26 points, while Kokomo’s Tayler Persons added 16.
Senior girls 95, Junior girls 69: A competitive girls game quickly turned into a lopsided affair after halftime. The Senior All-Stars held a 41-34 lead at halftime before pulling away in the second half.
LaPorte’s Jaclyn Heath missed her only shot and didn’t score in 11 minutes of action for the Junior All-Stars, but did have one assist.
Indiana Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga provided 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Hamilton Southeastern’s Taya Reimer had 17 points. Junior All-Star Whitney Jennings, of Logansport, led all scorers with 20 points.