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University of Miami Athletics

Sam Waardenburg






225 lbs.


Redshirt Senior


Auckland, New Zealand

High School

Rangitoto College

Sam Waardenburg - Men's Basketball - University of Miami Athletics

As a Redshirt Junior (2019-20): Played in 30 of 31 games, missing one due to injury, and earned 24 starts, including in each of the first 23 contests … Averaged 5.9 points, a team-high 6.0 rebounds and a team-best 1.1 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game … Placed No. 12 in the ACC in blocked shots per game and No. 11 in league-only play, also with 1.1 per contest … Tied for No. 10 on Miami’s ACC-only single-season blocks list (20) … Moved into the top 10 on the Hurricanes’ ACC-only career blocks list (33) … Scored in double figures five times, registered multiple blocked shots in nine appearances and played at least 30 minutes 10 times, including 40-plus thrice … Grabbed seven-plus rebounds 11 times, including reaching double figures in five appearances to lead the team … Paced Miami in rebounding in a team-best 13 outings, including doing so 10 times in the first 17 games … Put up nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds versus Florida Atlantic (11/8) … Notched 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go along with eight rebounds in 34 minutes in the win at Illinois (12/2) … Tallied 11 points and nine boards against Alabama A&M (12/14) … Set a career high with three blocked shots in 35 minutes in the victory over Temple (12/17) at the Barclays Center … Registered his first double-double with a 15-point, 11-rebound performance, both career highs, against Coppin State (12/21), finishing 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-5 from deep to set a new top mark in made field goals and tie his best total in made 3-pointers … Scored 11 points versus second-ranked Duke (1/4) … Grabbed 10 boards at No. 13/11 Louisville (1/7) … Posted 10 rebounds and three assists, playing all 40 minutes, against Pittsburgh (1/12) … Tied his career high with 11 boards in a career-best 41 minutes against ninth-ranked Florida State (1/18) … Tied his career high with 15 points at eighth-ranked Florida State (2/8), finishing 4-of-4 from the floor and 6-of-6 at the line … Missed the game against Boston College (2/12) due to an injury sustained from getting elbowed in the face in practice the day prior … Tallied nine rebounds, a season-high-tying three assists and career-high-tying three blocks in an overtime win versus Syracuse (3/7) in the regular season finale … Grabbed eight boards and tied his career high with three steals against Clemson (3/11) in the ACC Tournament to cap the season.

As a Redshirt Sophomore (2018-19): Played in all 32 games, with 11 starts … Scored 10 points on perfect shooting (3-3 FG, 2-2 3FG, 2-2 FT) at Boston College (2/17) … Scored 10 points in 36 minutes at Virginia (2/2) … Recorded nine points in 30 minutes against Virginia Tech (1/30) … Scored 13 points on 4-for-4 shooting against Florida State (1/27) … Grabbed career-high nine rebounds and added six points and three assists in 26 minutes against Wake Forest (1/12) … Recorded eight rebounds at Louisville (1/6) … Scored career-high 14 points in 37 minutes at Penn (12/4) … Averaged 7.0 ppg and 4.3 rpg in three games at Wooden Legacy … Made first-career start and scored 11 points with career-high five rebounds in career-high 28 minutes in season opener against Lehigh (11/9).

As a Redshirt Freshman (2017-18): Played in 21 games off bench, including each of last 15 contests … Averaged 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game … Shot 43.8 percent (14-32) from 3-point range … Averaged 16.7 minutes per game in conference play … Did not play in first three games of season (back) … Made solid Miami debut with seven points and two rebounds in 12 minutes of action vs. La Salle (11/22) … Scored nine points and added six rebounds against North Florida (11/25) … Saw first action in ACC play in final minute of first half at NC State (1/21) … Played 13 minutes off bench against Louisville and recorded career-high seven rebounds (1/24) … Hit three straight 3-pointers in second half and scored career-high 12 points in win over Wake Forest (2/7) … Nailed pair of 3-pointers and racked up three steals at Boston College (2/10) … Played season-high 23 minutes and pulled down six rebounds in comeback win over Boston College (2/24).

As a Freshman (2016-17): Enrolled at Miami at the semester break … Did not compete and redshirted.

High School: Won tournament MVP honors when he helped Rangitoto College win the SAS Secondary Schools National Championship. In the final game, he had 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks … Internationally, has represented New Zealand in the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship in Kazakhstan … On the U17 team that won silver at the age-groups FIBA Oceania Championships … Member of the U16 team that won bronze at the Australian State Championships … Played in adidas Nations Tournament in Los Angeles, averaging 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in five outings, finishing 7-of-11 from long range in the event and to be named one of the top 10 players of the camp … Participated in the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. … Named the most outstanding player at both the Nike All Asia Camp in Beijing and the Basketball Without Borders Camp in Australia … Spent time with the Supercity Rangers and the Breakers Academy, which led him to a role as a development player for the SKYCITY Breakers … Played games in the United States with Harbour Basketball.

Personal: Born Feb. 21, 1999 … Through the first four years of his career, was one of of three Hurricanes from the Australasia region of the South Pacific, along with Dejan Vasiljevic and Deng Gak, both of Australia … Enrolled in Miami’s sport administration master’s program … Earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami in 2020 after majoring in geography with a minor in sociology … Committed to Miami over offers from Virginia, SMU and Utah.