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BYU Roundup: Cougars add Snow College standout to men’s hoops roster

By Darnell Dickson - | Jun 14, 2024

Nate Edwards, BYU Photo

BYU men's basketball coach Kevin Young, left, gives instructions while senior guard Trey Stewart looks on during summer workouts at the Marriott Center Annex on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

The BYU men’s basketball team shoots a lot of 3-pointers and now, it seems, they are collecting all the players whose very name suggested triples.

On Friday, Snow College standout Max Triplett, a 6-foot-9 forward, committed to Kevin Young and the Cougars, according to his social media. He joins senior Trey Stewart and walk-on sophomore Townsend Tripple on the BYU roster.

“3-Y-U,” indeed.

Triplett, who is expected to be a walk-on, averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game at Snow last season playing for former Cougar staffer Andrew May, who worked under Dave Rose. Triplett earned second team All-Scenic West honors in leading the Badgers to a 21-7 record. Vanquish the Foe reports that Triplett had scholarship offers from Cal Poly and Southern Indiana but chose to walk-on at BYU instead.

Triplett actually isn’t a 3-point shooting threat (he was just 3 for 13 from the arc last season) but a low post player who can help the Cougars depth inside. He has two years of eligibility remaining after two seasons at Snow and a standout career at Weber High School.

BYU still has a pair of scholarships available and has a couple of bigs on their radar in former Purdue commit Kanon Catchings and, from the transfer portal, former UNLV forward Keylan Boone.

The Cougars have just finished their second week of summer workouts under Young, who was hired in April.

Young Cougars excel at U20 Track Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — BYU true freshmen Wyatt Haughton, Carter Cutting and Alysa Keller competed at the 2024 USATF U20 Championships at Hayward Field June 12-13.

All three rode performances in their respective events this outdoor season to qualify for August’s 2024 U20 World Championships in Lima, Peru.

Haughton finished first overall in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase crossing the line in 8:48.17 to earn the meet record by three-hundredths of a second. The freshman out of Fairway, Kansas bested his field despite having competed only a week prior in the same event at the 2024 NCAA National Championships. There, Haughton ran 9:00.96 in the preliminary round.

“The race went well,” said Haughton. “I led it from the start, so that definitely made it hard to hit splits. The time wasn’t where I thought it would be, but I am very happy and grateful for another chance in Peru.”

Cutting placed second overall in the men’s 1500m, finishing in 3:47.43. The freshman from Wilsonville, Oregon was only bested by Big Ten 1500m Champion Trent McFarland of Michigan who claimed the victory at the line by four-hundredths of a second. Cutting has a 1500m personal best of 3:42.81 which he claimed at the 2024 Big 12 Championships in May.

Keller finished second overall in the women’s section of the javelin with a toss of 48.26m/158-4. The freshman out of Billings, Montana holds the No. 4 mark in BYU history with her Big 12 runner-up 51.86m/170-1 earned at the 2024 Big 12 Championships.

“I am so thankful that I had this opportunity to throw in this meet,” said Keller. “It was an amazing experience to compete alongside some of the other U20 athletes. It was was nerve-racking but also inspiring. I look forward to more experiences like this in the future.”

Bejarano signs professional softball contract

LUBBOCK, Tex. — BYU softball alum Maddie Bejarano signed with the Women’s Professional Fastpitch (WPF) league’s Hub City Adelitas, the team announced on Wednesday.

One of two professional softball leagues in the U.S., the WPF was founded by USA Softball, the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) and Smash It Sports. It is the official professional softball league in the United States.

The Adelitas are one of four teams in the league this upcoming season, joining the Texas Smoke, Coastal Bend Tidal Wave and Texas Monarchs.

Bejarano played the last two seasons of her collegiate career in Provo, earning All-West Coast Conference Second Team honors in 2023. The left fielder from Cottonwood, Arizona led the team this year with 40 walks, 21 sacrifice bunts and five sacrifice flies.

Playing in all 54 of the Cougars’ games in 2024, Bejarano concluded her five-year career with a .289 batting average, a .416 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging percentage. She tallied 110 total hits, 102 runs, 76 walks, 26 doubles and 13 home runs during the 2024 campaign.

Kicking off its season on June 20, the WPF features an eight-week slate where each team will play a four-game series against another, with the championship series beginning on August 13. The Adelitas will face the Monarch and Smoke three times, and the Tidal Wave twice.

Little chosen to U.S. Women’s College National Volleyball Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — BYU women’s volleyball outside hitter Claire Little has been named to the 2024 U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team (CNT), the organization has announced.

The CNT features 19 of the country’s top collegiate women’s volleyball players who will train alongside the U.S. Women’s National Team in Anaheim, California from June 30-July 6. The team will be coached by former BYU men’s volleyball head coach Chris McGown.

Little played in 17 of the Cougars’ matches last season, starting in five of them. The Winchester, California native finished the 2023 campaign with 75 kills, averaging 1.44 per set, with three double-digit kill performances. She recorded 19 total blocks, including two solo, and 50 digs.

She becomes the fifth BYU women’s volleyball student-athlete to compete on the U.S. Women’s CNT. Cougar alumni Erin Livingston, Heather Gneiting and Jen Hamson each did so previously, as did current opposite hitter/middle blocker Kate Prior.

Little will join BYU head coach Heather Olmstead in representing the Cougars in the national ranks this summer. Olmstead will lead the U.S. Women’s U21 National Team in the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship June 23-July 1.

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