NEW CASTLE – The duo of former area prep basketball stars Jamar Johnson and Ryan Yoder have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team.
The pair are among a group of 18 players from the Class of 1990 chosen for the prestigious honor.
Johnson, who starred at Concord High School, was runner-up for Mr. Basketball honors in 1990 to Damon Bailey. Johnson’s Minutemen team, coached by Jim Hahn, lost to Bailey’s Bedford North Lawrence squad 63-60 in the state championship game in 1990 in front of a world record crowd of 41,046 in the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
Johnson, who was an Indiana All-Star, was the point guard on Concord state runner-up teams in both 1988 and 1990. The 1988 team featured Shawn Kemp and lost to Muncie Central in the state title tilt. Both Concord teams went 28-1.
Johnson, who scored 1,456 prep points to rank seventh in Elkhart County history, went on to have a strong collegiate career at Nebraska.
Yoder was a three-year standout at Westview High School. The talented guard scored 1,594 points and led the Warriors to a three-year record of 59-15. Yoder went on to play at Colorado State University.
Other members of the Silver Anniversary team include Eric Montross (Lawrence North), twins Joe and Jon Ross (Northfield) and Jeermal Sylvester (South Bend Riley). Montross went on to play at North Carolina and in the NBA. The Ross twins both played at Notre Dame and professionally overseas and Sylvester played at Ball State University.
The Silver Anniversary team will be honored by the Hall of Fame on March 25 at its annual Men’s Basketball Banquet.