Huntington, Ind.— The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the Division II Men’s Basketball All-American awards for the 2003-04 season. Senior Foresters Ryan Thwaits and Derek Yoder earned third-team and honorable mention honors, respectively. The Foresters concluded the season with a 25-9 overall record and an appearance in the NAIA Sweet Sixteen at the national tournament.
Thwaits, an entrepreneurial small business management major from Syracuse, Ind. (Fairfield High School), led the Foresters this season in rebounds (8.4 rpg), assists (180) and steals (61). Nationally, Thwaits was 19th in Division II in defensive rebounds and 18th in assists. He averaged 10.3 points per game and finished his career with 1,119 points. This marks his second All-American honor in as many years as he was named an honorable mention All-American last season.
Derek Yoder, a psychology major from Shipshewana, Ind. (Westview High School), led the Foresters in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game. Yoder proved a consistent threat behind the arc all season, as he led the Foresters in three-point field goal percentage (.475) and three-point field goals made (105-221). Yoder ranked fifth nationally in Division II in three-point field goal percentage and 10th nationally in three-point field goals made. He finished his Huntington career with 934 points. This marks his first All-American honor.
The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past seven years, Huntington has produced 47 NAIA All-American honors and 78 All-American Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. USNews & World Report ranks Huntington among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana. The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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