While Westview’s 2018-19 season may have ended somewhat prematurely do to food poisoning that altered their Regional play, there is no doubt the program is coming off of one of the best two year runs in program history.
The returning catalyst for that run next season will be junior Charlie Yoder, who is spending his summer with the Indianapolis based SYF Players team, who competed in this weekend’s Bill Hensley Memorial Run N Slam event in Fort Wayne. SYF Players went 3-0 in pool play Friday and Saturday but were beat in the first round of Platinum Bracket play on Saturday evening.
SYF Players has a rich history of players, including former Purdue standout Robbie Hummel and Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III.
While it is not at a Division I level, Yoder’s recruiting is coming together too. More than a dozen coaches were on hand Saturday at Turnstone as Yoder and SYF Players rebounded from a slow first half to beat Hidden Gems Black.
“It has been going good, I have a few offers. I am just trying to enjoy the process and see what happens. Hopefully I will find the right fit for myself,” Yoder said. “You have to have fun with it and not really worry about it. I think that when you find the right place, you will know so you have to look at all the options, don’t rule anyone out and just have fun with it.”
He currently holds offers from Marian, Saint Francis, Indiana Tech, Northwood and Huntington.
Yoder proved to be a catalyst in the second half of the game against Hidden Gems, passing up three point shots to get to the basket on the baseline and therefore opening up his own game.
“I have just been trying to gain more strength and get more athletic because those are two things that really help at all times,” Yoder said. “If you aren’t getting better, then you are getting worse.”
Yoder wasn’t hitting well in the first half, so he changed his game plan early in the second half and before you know it, his three point shooting stroke returned as he hit big shot after big shot to help roll by Hidden Gems. He has settled into a roll as a true shooting guard with SYF Players, a change from last high school season as a primary ball handler for Westview.
“This was kind of the first year I was the primary ball handler so I am pretty used to playing the two [shooting guard]. I do a little bit of both with SYF because I can get a rebound and push it,” Yoder said. “I missed a few shots I normally make in the first half. You just have to stay confident and that allowed me to have a good second half.”
Later this month, Yoder will go to practice as part of the core six players with the Indiana Junior All-Stars. The honor essentially means that Yoder is considered one of the top six juniors in the state and will play three games against the Indiana All-Stars and Kentucky in June before getting back to work with Westview’s summer circuit.
“It is really important for me and the recruiting process. Hopefully I can continue to work hard and have a good summer,” Yoder said.