KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andre Yates became the first second team NAIA All-America selection in Men's Basketball history on Thursday as the Association released the 2017 All-America team.
Benedictine went 21-11 under head coach Ryan Moody while finishing in a tie for second place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. They also earned their third trip in four years to the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Div. I Men's Basketball National Championship.
"He's a special player on both ends," Coach Moody said. "When he's healthy, he's about as good as they get."
Yates played in 27 games this season for the Ravens and finished with an average of 18.6 ppg. He finished fourth in the Heart in scoring, which also ranked him at 17th in NAIA DIv. I. He finished with 31 steals, the second highest total on the team this season.
"He came in very humble and wanted to fit in with everyone else," Coach Moody said. "He did a great job of that. He shared the ball, he defended and didn't just take shots. He did a great job of ingratiating himself into our program and that's a huge credit to his character."
Yates becomes the fourth player to earn All-America honors under Coach Moody while his selection is the 16th overall All-America selection in program history.