March 10, 2010
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - Mark Yelovich broke the sophomore jinx for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball Cougars and was named to the All-Independent first team.
Yelovich finished the season with a team-leading 16.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He also led the team by hitting 79.6 percent of his free throws. Yelovich made 113 free throws during the 2009-2010 season, which is the sixth most by a Cougar in a season.
"I was very impressed with how he came out and challenged himself to get better every day. He's was one guy I could say that from start to finish he was better because of how hard he worked," said SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester.
After leading the team in scoring as a freshman, Forrester said he challenged Yelovich to get even better as a sophomore. Yelovich rose to the challenge.
"It started for him in the summer with how hard he worked," said Forrester.
Yelovich joined four others on the first team. The list includes Seattle's Charles Garcia, who was named the Player of the Year, Longwood's Dana Smith, Longwood's Antwan Carter, and North Carolina Central's C.J. Wilkerson.
Seattle Coach Cameron Dollar was named the Coach of the Year among the Independent schools of SIUE, Cal State Bakersfield, Longwood, North Carolina Central, Savannah State, Seattle and Winston Salem State.