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College Roundup: Fredette leads USA to 3×3 victories

By Daily Herald - | May 31, 2023

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Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette shoots a shot during the AmeriCup 3x3 tournament in Miami, Fla., in 2022.

Jimmer Fredette and the US 3×3 team competing at the FIBA World Cup went 2-0 during Day 1 of pool play on Wednesday, defeating world power Latvia and Australia.

Fredette scored 11 points, including a pair beyond the arc and shooting 6 of 7 inside the arc, in his team’s 21-17 victory against Latvia.

A report from the FIBA website: “After an initial feeling out process for the former NBA star in his World Cup debut, Jimmer Fredette absolutely took over, launching huge twos from deep. If that wasn’t enough, he started cooking from mid-range, draining crazy fadeaways to call game against Latvia.”

Against Australia, Fredette scored eight points as the US topped Australia 21-18.

Team USA is seeded No. 2 and also includes Canyon Berry, Kareem Maddox and Dylan Travis. The squad continues Pool B play on Friday against Slovenia and Austria.

All 104 games are being live streamed on social media (YouTube and Facebook).

Fredette and his teammates are attempting to qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. It is only the second Olympic Games where 3×3 basketball will be a medal sport after making its debut in Tokyo in 2020.

UVU signs former Wasatch Academy standout

Utah Valley head coach Todd Phillips has announced that four-star Wasatch Academy standout Osiris Grady has signed with Utah Valley and will play for the Wolverines this upcoming season.

“Osiris is a tremendous get for us,” said Phillips. “He has a big-time motor to go with his size. Osiris brings great length and athleticism to our team. He’s a great kid who has played at the highest level of high school basketball. We couldn’t be more excited to have him join the UVU family.”

Grady is a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Henderson, Nevada. He played three seasons at Coronado High School before playing at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah last season. The four-star recruit was ranked the No. 32-rated power forward in the Class of 2023 by ESPN and was ranked No. 87 in the 247Sports Top 150 Player Rankings. He averaged 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game for the Tigers last year in National Interscholastic Basketball Conference play (NIBC). He helped Wasatch Academy to a 7-5 record in the transcontinental basketball league. Grady will join the Wolverines for the 2023-24 season.


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