BYU Roundup: Fredette and USA 3×3 team keep winning
RATHAUSPLATZ, Vienna — Former BYU standout Jimmer Fredette scored 13 points to lead his team to a 21-16 victory against Austria at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup on Friday.
It was the second victory on Day 4 of the event for Team USA, which also thumped winless Slovenia 21-14 to finish Group B play at 4-0.
Fredette wasn’t needed much in the win against Slovenia as Dylan Travis (8 points) and Kareem Maddux (7 points) handled the scoring. Fredette scored four points in the win.
Fredette was cooking early against Austria, making 4 of 5 from 2-point range and 2 of 3 inside the arc.
The US team advances to Saturday’s quarterfinal round and will play the winner of the Switzerland-France contest.
Women’s basketball hires Wardenburg
BYU head coach Amber Whiting has announced the addition of assistant coach John Wardenburg to her coaching staff.
“Adding John to our coaching staff is going to be a huge help for our program,” said Whiting. “He returns to BYU with a wealth of knowledge and experience in building championship programs at every level of college basketball. I am excited to have his expertise and for him to help our women reach their full potential.”
Wardenburg returns to BYU after a 33-year coaching career that includes eight years of high school experience and 25 years at the collegiate level. Most recently, he graced the sidelines of Southern Virginia University.
“I am honored and extremely grateful to Coach Whiting and the BYU administration for extending me the offer to assist Amber, her staff and the team in building a championship women’s basketball program here at BYU,” Wardenburg said. “I love Coach’s passion for the game and her love for her players. She and her staff are winners, there is a great foundation of returning players here and with the outstanding group of new players that are joining us this summer, I believe that there are great things ahead for this program.”
Wardenburg began his coaching career in 1986 as an assistant coach at Pleasant Grove High School before becoming the head coach at Payson High School in 1988. After five years at Payson, Wardenburg entered the college coaching ranks as an assistant to Dave Rose at then Dixie State College where he served from 1993-97.
In 1999, Wardenburg returned to the sideline as the head coach of Pine View High School where he led the Panthers to their first state boys basketball championship in school history in 2001. From 2001-2010, Wardenburg assisted Steve Cleveland and Dave Rose at BYU. During his time on the sidelines of the Marriott Center, Wardenburg helped the Cougars to three straight Mountain West Conference titles, 6 NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the National Invitation Tournament.
Wardenburg served as an assistant to Ken Wagner at BYU Hawaii during the 2010-11 campaign, where the Seasiders played in the NCAA Division II title game. He spent the next four seasons at Indian Hills Community College as an assistant to Barret Peery from 2011-14 (playing for the NJCAA National Championship in 2014) and the head coach in 2014-15. In his first season as a college head coach, he led the Warriors to a 29-5 record and a trip to the national NJCAA quarterfinals.
After returning to Utah for the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Westlake High School, Wardenburg was named the Associate Head Coach of Southern Utah University. He assisted Coach Todd Simon in all aspects of transforming a program that had won 5 games in 2015-16 to eventually win their first Big Sky Championship in 2020-21.
Following his time at SUU, Wardenburg spent the last two seasons as the Associate Head Coach of Southern Virginia University, assisting his son, Adam Wardenburg. Under Wardenburg’s tutelage, the Knights went from winning five games in the two seasons prior to his arrival to winning 27 games during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons.
Wardenburg was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was a multi-sport athlete at Kiel High School in Kiel, Wisconsin. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Netherlands from 1977-79 and earned a BA in political science from BYU in 1986, an MA in health, physical education and recreation from Utah State in 1992 and an MBA from Southern Utah.
Wardenburg and his wife, Pam, have four sons, Scott (Laura), Jonathan (Natalie), Adam (Tristan) and Barrett (Katie), and 10 grandchildren.
Deming earns All-American honors
TUCSON, Arizona — BYU third baseman Austin Deming was today named NCAA D1 Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Previously the senior was named West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year after capping off one of the best seasons in BYU history.
Deming won the WCC regular-season triple crown with a league-leading .418 batting average, 19 home runs and 68 RBI during the 2023 season.
A Santa Clara, Utah native, Deming led the WCC in nine offensive categories during the 2023 regular season. In addition to batting average, home runs and RBI, he also led the league in slugging (.915), total bases (151), hits per game (1.68), RBI per game (1.66), home runs per game (.46) and doubles per game (.56).Deming is a semifinalist for the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, awarded annually by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association to the nation’s top college baseball player. He is the only student-athlete from the WCC to make the semifinalist list. Nationally, Deming finished the regular season ranked top 10 in seven offensive categories, including, No. 1 in doubles per game, slugging (2nd), RBI per game (4th), HR per game (6th), batting average (9th), doubles (9th) and hits per game (10th).A two-time All-WCC honoree, Deming played in 171 games in his BYU career from 2019-23. As a junior in 2022 he was named First Team All-WCC. Over the past two seasons he was named WCC Player of the Week three time and was recognized as national player of the week by four different organizations on April 7 of this season. In addition to all the success on the field, Deming graduated from BYU in April 2023 with a degree in communications, with a journalism emphasis.
Deming becomes the 32nd BYU baseball player to be named All-American and the first since right-handed pitcher Michael Rucker was named third team by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA in 2016. Rucker is currently in his third season with the Chicago Cubs.
Women’s volleyball finishes foreign tour
BYU women’s volleyball returned from a successful foreign tour last week after visiting countries France, Egypt, Turkey and Greece, playing five matches against international opponents while abroad.
“Our 15-day foreign trip was an extremely valuable experience for our players and staff,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “We accomplished everything we were hoping to and more. The opportunity our team had to visit four countries, three continents and compete against some of the best clubs and national teams in the world all while representing Brigham Young University will last a lifetime for us.”
Going 3-2 against foreign competition with wins against Vakifbank, Fenerbahçe and the Greece Junior National Team, the Cougars’ spring tour marked the program’s 11th international trip but first since 2016.
BYU women’s volleyball looks forward to kicking off its 2023 campaign in the fall as it embarks on Year 1 as members of the Big 12 Conference. The Cougars will open conference play at home against Houston on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Their non-conference schedule and broadcast plans for the 2023 schedule will be announced at a later date.