The Central Noble Cougars are a contender. Don’t believe me? They are a year more advanced than a team that finished second in the NECC and a big part of their continued growth will be Sawyer Yoder, who could take on a do it all role for this year’s group much the same way Ridley Zolman did last season.
On the surface, some may label Yoder as just “a guard.” That would be a mistake and he has developed into a multifaceted player who is a capable rebounder, distributor and multi function scorer. Last year, he averaged just at 10 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Expectations are that those numbers will rise, not just because he is a year more experienced, but because he may have learned a lot from Zolman’s archetype that will allow him to slide into that roll. Yoder also shot the ball at 51 percent inside the arc, 36 percent outside of it and 75 percent from the free throw line. He is going to continue to score at a pretty efficient level.
One of Yoder’s best traits is his hustle, something that the Cougars have in droves but he just does differently. Part of that was seen late last season with a game winning shot that helped the Cougars into a second place role in their conference. Yoder has played different since then, significant more confidence and a certain silent swagger that makes him a great leader heading into the 2019-2020 regular season. Yoder is going to need hustle for Central Noble to push the pace and impose their will on a better than average NECC field.
“Sawyer is a very good athlete with good offensive skills. Sawyer has shown steady improvement over his first two years of varsity basketball,” says Central Noble coach John Bodey.