The long wait for a college choice from Westview senior Charlie Yoder has ended.
Yoder announced Monday afternoon on Twitter that he will play on the next level at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas; a Division I program in the Southland Conference. But, he won’t head there this fall, instead he will play at a yet to be announced post grad school for a year. He will then head to San Antonio for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Indiana All-Star had toiled through several options before and during his senior season. There was some Division I interest and a high concentration of NAIA schools that were vying for his services. But like with most college choices, one school did enough to separate themselves from the pack.
“I think just the way they want to use me. They want to use me in a different system and put me in post and allow me to score,” Yoder said of Incarnate Word. “So I really like the way they are going to use me.”
Yoder, the Outside the Huddle Co-Player of the Year, became the Westview’s single game scoring leader (52), single season scoring leader (734) and all-time scoring leader (2,163) while also being the county’s all-time leading scorer and the 25th best scorer in the history of Indiana during his senior season.
Westview won a share of the NECC regular season title and Yoder became the school’s first ever Indiana All-Star. As a senior, Yoder averaged an area best 27.3 points per game while adding 11 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.3 steals per contest .
Contrary to popular though, Yoder said that sticking close to home wasn’t a major concern when picking Incarnate Word.
“After me and my family talk, we just thought that is what we thought was best,” Yoder said.
As to what he will do on the next level after playing so many roles during his senior year in high school, Yoder knows that it helped key him in to exactly how he wanted to play at the next level.
“The different aspects that I’ve added on to my game and the fact I am going to get to go to postgrad for a year, I feel like I am going to be able to add on even more versatility there,” Yoder said. “Coach [Carson] Cunningham [of Incarnate Word], talking to him, we think that can really help me and make my game even more versatile.”
Yoder says he will finalize a post grad program to play at next season in the coming days.