Yanders’ basketball career began in Milwaukee at Vincent High School, where Yanders helped lead the Vikings to three State Basketball Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Yanders went on to play at MSU - West Plains and is their only two time All-American. Yanders was honored as a member of the 1999 USA National Team that toured New Zealand and was inducted into the MSU - WP Hall of Fame in 2007.
Yanders went on to play at Missouri State University in the Missouri Valley Conference, under coach Barry Hinson, earning "All-Conference Honors". He started every game he played from 2000 - 2002. He played 12 years as a pro, spending his first seven seasons playing in the BBL. As a pro, he started over 300 games, scoring over 4600 points, over 1500 assists, and averaging 5.5 per game. He ranked 6th on the all time BBL list. Yanders was a part of the 2009 Great Britain national team that earned the 2012 Olympic bid. After his first seasons playing abroad, Yanders was invited to the NBA Milwaukee Bucks free-agent camp. During his time in the UK, Yanders won practically every individual and team honour available in the domestic game. Yanders won three European Championships, two regular season Championship, a National Cup, and Finals MVP. In France, Yanders was also voted team MVP with both VCB and KABCA teams and earned All-Star Team honors in 2012.