Jimmy Balderson Athlete Profile

#23 Jimmy Balderson

Jimmy Balderson
Position: Guard Height: 6-6 Weight: 205 Roster Years: 2001-2002 | 2004-2007 Hometown: Magrath Last School: Magrath High School

Personal

Parents are Wes and Lorraine Balderson ... one of seven children, including three boys ... oldest brother was Canadian Interuniverstiy Player of the Year in Canada as shooting guard, while other brother played football at the University of Alberta ... served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Marshall Islands speaking Marshallese ... wife Hannah ... economics major.

Before BYU

MAGRATH HIGH SCHOOL: Balderson averaged 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists while leading Magrath High School in Alberta, Canada, to a 32-3 record as a senior ... shot 54 percent from the floor and 91 percent from the free-throw line ... two-time league MVP and scoring champion ... named the Alberta Player of the Year and was Magrath High School's Male Athlete of the Year ... also selected as Alberta's Quarterback of the Year ... member of All-Canadian Team ... ranked second at Nike All-Canada Camp ... played on the Under 19 Alberta Provincial Team the summer after his senior year ... coached at Magrath by Phil Tollestrup, who played basketball at BYU (1970-72).

Summary

A 6-foot-6 guard, Jimmy Balderson finished his BYU career as one of only 19 Cougars to have played in at least 115 games for BYU. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring and rebounding as a senior after leading all perimeter players in shooting in 2006 and pacing the Cougars in three-point percentage in 2005, making 16 starts after coming out of a planned redshirt year. Balderson played in 27 of 30 games as a freshman reserve on BYU's 18-12 team that advanced to the second round of the 2002 NIT, logging 8.5 minutes per game while shooting .487 from the floor to lead all BYU perimeter players. A talented scorer, he has excellent range from the three-point arc and has good size. He led the Canadian National Development Team in scoring at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, in August of 2005. During the eight-game tournament, Balderson averaged 14.9 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range.

Stats

CAREER HIGHS
POINTS: 24 at Colorado State (2006)
FG MADE: 8 vs. Fort Lewis (2002), at Colorado State (2006)
FG ATT: 15 at UNLV (2005)
FG %: 1.000 (4-4) at TCU (2006)
3FG MADE: 5 at CSU (2007), at UNLV, at USC (2005)
3FG ATT: 9 at UNLV (2005)
3FG %: 1.000 (2-2) vs. SDSU, at TCU, vs. CSU (2006)
FT MADE: 7 vs. ISU (2007), at CSU, vs. UNM (2006)
FT ATT: 10 vs. ISU (2007)
FT %: 1.000 (7-7) vs. UNM (2006)
REB: 8 at Lamar (2007), vs. UNM (2006)
ASSISTS: 5 vs. Portland (2007)
BLOCKS: 2 vs. UNM at MWC (2005)
STEALS: 5 vs. Portland (2007)
MINUTES: 37 at Weber St. (2007), UNLV (2005)
BALDERSON YEAR-BY-YEAR BYU STATS
Year GP-GS Min--Avg FG-FGA Pct 3FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct
2001-02 27-0 229--8.5 37-76 .487 11-36 .306 23-35 .657
2004-05 25-16 458--18.3 54-136 .397 34-81 .420 26-42 .619
2005-06 29-10 634--21.9 97-206 .471 32-86 .372 71-89 .798
2006-07 34-31 824--24.2 98-233 .421 32-91 .352 49-78 .628
Total 115-57 2145--18.7 286-651 .439 109-294 .371 169-244 .693
Year Off-Def-Tot--Avg PF-FO A--Avg TO Blk Stl Pts--Avg
2001-02 11-30-41--1.5 21-1 12--0.4 15 1 9 108--4.0
2004-05 10-47-57--2.3 42-3 19--0.8 37 2 10 168--6.7
2005-06 35-61-96--3.3 71-3 43--1.5 34 4 27 297--10.2
2006-07 28-75-103--3.0 72-3 57--1.7 57 2 39 277--8.1
Total 84-213-297--2.6 206-10 131--1.1 143 9 85 850--7.4



2001-2002 | Freshman Year

Balderson played in 27 of 30 games as a freshman reserve on BYU's 18-12 team that advanced to the second round of the NIT ... averaged 4.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game while shooting .487 from the floor, .306 (11-of-36) on threes and .657 from the line ... his 48.7 percent shooting from the floor led all BYU perimeter players ... was seventh on the team in scoring ... appeared in all 14 league games, averaging 3.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8.3 minutes ... scored double-digit points in three games ... led BYU in scoring, rebounds and steals with season highs of 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals in BYU's win over Fort Lewis College ... totaled 14 points and 6 rebounds in a loss at Air Force and scored 11 points with 2 rebounds and a season-high 2 assists in a home win over Southern Utah ... came off the bench cold in the closing moments of regulation at Pepperdine and promptly hit a three-pointer from the corner as time expired to send the game into overtime ... scored in 21 of his 27 appearances and grabbed a rebound in 17 outings.

2004-2005 | Sophomore Year

Started the last 13 games and 16 overall after missing the first four games planning to redshirt ... averaged 6.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg while leading the team in steals three times and scoring in double figures six times ... also led the team in three-point percentage, hitting 42 percent of his shots from beyond the arc ... scored 8 points while adding 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal against UNLV ... contributed 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals at Utah ... scored a team-high 11 points, his fourth straight double-figure outing, and tied career-best 7 rebounds vs. Wyoming, hitting 3-of-5 treys ... had 14 points at SDSU ... posted a career-high 23 points while going 5-for-9 from three-point range and tied his career-high with seven rebounds at UNLV ... scored 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, against Utah ... started at Wyoming, recording 9 points and 4 rebounds ... was perfect from the field against MSU-Billings, going 3-for-3 and scoring 9 points ... scored 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench on 4-of-5 shooting vs. Southern Utah ... recorded a career-high 22 points at USC on 6-for-12 shooting, including a career-best 5 three-pointers ... scored 6 points on .500 shooting in 11-minute season debut at Utah State after coming out of redshirt year ... sat out the first four games planning to redshirt after his August return from a two-year LDS Church mission to the Marshall Islands.

2005-2006 | Junior Year

Played in all 29 games with 10 starts and averaged 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists on the year while shooting .471 from the field, leading all perimeter players ... was fourth on the team in scoring ... had 17 double-digit scoring nights on the year, including 11 of the last 13 games, and scored 20 or more points three times ... led the team in scoring four times, assists three times and rebounds twice ... was 13-for-14 from the free-throw line with under two minutes remaining in the game ... played a significant role in helping the Cougars win 10 of their last 13 games, scoring in double digits in all 10 wins ... was the only player in the league averaging more than 10 points per game off the bench ... named Academic All-MWC and MWC Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 27-March 5 ... made his 10th start of the year and recorded 7 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 30 minutes at Houston in the NIT ... scored 13 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field, including 2-for-4 from three-point range, and 5-for-6 shooting from the free-throw line against Utah in the MWC Tournament while adding 3 steals, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 block in 28 minutes ... entered the game with four fouls with less than 10 minutes to play and made an immediate impact, scoring 7 straight points to give the Cougars their first lead since the 15:49 mark of the first half ... led BYU with 21 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 shooting from three-point range and a perfect 7-for-7 mark from the free-throw line while adding a career-high 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 29 minutes off the bench vs. New Mexico ... was perfect from three-point range (3-for-3) and from the line (2-for-2) while scoring 12 points and adding 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 23 minutes against Colorado State ... was perfect from the field at TCU, going 4-for-4 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from three-point range, to score 11 points while adding 2 steals in just 19 minutes off the bench ... scored 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including 2-for-2 from three-point range, while tying his career-high with 4 assists against San Diego State ... contributed 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal in 25 minutes at Wyoming ... scored 16 points with 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a career-high 4 steals in 25 minutes off the bench vs. UNLV ... scored 10 points and had 1 assist in just under three minutes during a 15-4 BYU run in the first half ... played a big role defensively in the second half, holding UNLV's Jason Petrimoulx, who had already poured in 27 points, without a point after being assigned to defend him for the final 13 minutes of the game ... one of only five Cougars to score at Utah, contributing 5 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist ... went 6-for-11 from the field for 17 points against Air Force while adding 3 rebounds ... tied his career high with 4 assists while scoring 14 points and adding 1 rebound and 1 steal at New Mexico ... scored a career-high 24 points at Colorado State, going 8-for-12 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the line while adding 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals off the bench ... scored 10 points, all after halftime, in BYU's overtime win against TCU, also contributing 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals ... came off the bench for the first time against Eastern Washington, contributing 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 block in 18 minutes, hitting 3 treys ... scored 10 points while adding 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal in 29 minutes against Boise State ... scored 13 points with 6 rebounds and 1 assist at USC ... scored 21 points in 22 minutes vs. Lamar on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-3 treys, and a 5-for-5 night from the line ... scored 12 points while adding 4 rebounds at Washington State ... led BYU with 18 points and a career-tying 7 rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Loyola Marymount, adding 2 assists and 1 block.

2006-2007 | Senior Year

Team co-captain ... started 31 of 34 games this year, averaging 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game ... led BYU in scoring and assists twice and rebounds once ... scored in double figures 14 times, including seven of the last 16 games ... contributed 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting against Xavier in the NCAA Tournament while adding 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 20 minutes ... contributed 4 points and 1 rebound in 19 minutes at UNLV in the MWC Tournament Championship game ... recorded 6 points on 2-for-2 shooting from three-point range, 3 assists and 2 steals in 20 minutes against Wyoming in the MWC Tournament semifinals ... went 4-for-8 from the field to score 10 points against TCU in the MWC Tournament quarterfinals while adding 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 24 minutes ... recorded 9 points on 3-for-4 shooting from three-point range to go along with 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist and 1 block in 27 minutes against Utah ... scored 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field, including a 2-for-2 mark from three-point range, while adding 5 rebounds in 26 minutes at then-No. 20 Air Force ... tallied 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 14 minutes at San Diego State ... scored 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field to go along with 4 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal in 25 minutes against New Mexico ... scored eight points in the first half, his highest first-half scoring output in 12 games (8 vs. Oral Roberts) ... recorded 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 12 minutes at Wyoming ... tallied 5 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound in 16 minutes against then-No. 25 UNLV ... scored 11 points at Utah on 4-for-7 shooting, including a 2-for-4 mark from three-point range, while adding 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists ... sparked an 11-2 BYU run in the second half to help the Cougars take a commanding 62-44 lead ... contributed 5 rebounds, 2 points, 1 assist and 1 steal in 27 minutes against then-No. 13 Air Force ... scored 10 points at New Mexico to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 31 minutes ... tied his career high with 5 three-pointers made at Colorado State while contributing 21 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound in 34 minutes ... contributed 7 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist in 20 minutes against Wyoming ... his only three-pointer of the night came with 1:34 left in the first half to give the Cougars their first tie of the game after the Cowboys had led by as many as 10 points ... scored 8 points against TCU while adding 1 assist and 1 steal in 18 minutes ... contributed 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 23 minutes against San Diego State ... scored 12 points against Oral Roberts on 4-for-7 shooting from the field to go along with 3 rebounds and 1 steal ... posted 5 boards against Liberty while adding 6 points, 1 assist and 1 steal ... scored 13 points with 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 rebound in 23 minutes vs. Western Oregon ... started against Utah State for the first time in four games, contributing 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 32 minutes ... scored 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field at Lamar while tying his career high with 8 rebounds and adding 3 assists in 32 minutes off the bench ... posted 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 24 minutes off the bench against Michigan State ... came off the bench for the first time this season against San Jose State, scoring 11 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 1 steal ... was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line ... contributed across the board at Weber State with 7 points, 4 steals, 2 rebounds and 1 assist ... led the team in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-5 mark from three-pont range, while adding 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 27 minutes at Boise State ... contributed 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists along with a team-best 3 steals (shared with Fernando Malaman) in 18 minutes vs. SUU ... recorded career highs of 5 assists and 5 steals with a season-high 7 rebounds while adding 6 points vs. Portland ... led BYU with a season-high 23 points, including 6 in overtime, in the Cougars' home opener against Idaho State while adding a season-best 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal ... started BYU's season opener at No. 5 UCLA, going 4-for-5 from the field to score 9 points while adding 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist in 28 minutes.