Brandon Davies Q&A: What it’s like playing for a legend, comparing the NBA with European leagues


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Former BYU big man Brandon Davies is in the middle one of his most impressive seasons in pro basketball, despite the fact that he is playing against the toughest competition he has faced since leaving the NBA.

Davies, who is in his first season with Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris Kaunas, has been one of the main contributors on the No. 1 seed in the LKL playoffs and one of the teams to advance to the EuroLeague Final Four.

His play in both leagues has turned some heads and earned him plenty of recognition along the way.

He earned LKL Player of the Week honors on numerous occasions and was one of eight players in consideration for the league’s MVP award after leading Zalgiris to a 32-4 record while pacing the team in both scoring and rebounding.

He also took home some honors on the EuroLeague level, including the Player of the Month for April along with being named the Co-Rookie of the Year by

We caught up with the former Provo High School and BYU star to find out about his time has been in his first year in Lithuania.

JMoney Sports: How did you end up in Zalgiris in the first place?

Brandon Davies: After my last season in Monaco, I hired a new agent and agency (BeoBasket). They’re the top agency in Europe. They were able to get me the deal with Zalgiris and I was able to make the jump to EuroLeague.

JM: What is it like playing for such a proud organization and one that is so beloved?

BD: It’s awesome. The fans here are amazing and are so passionate about basketball. It’s a basketball country. They really show us a lot of love.

JM: What is it been like playing for coach (Sarunas) Jasikevicius?

DB: It’s been surreal. He’s a legend all over Europe. Everywhere we go he has fans. Even in hostile environments, they have respect for him. He gets standing ovations in most gyms.

JM: Is it a big step up in competition from Champions League to EuroLeague?

BD: Champions League is a great league full of good competition, but EuroLeague is the highest league and level of competition that you can play at after the NBA.

JM: Did you get any added satisfaction from beating a Ute (former University of Utah forward Kim Tillie) while taking care of Olympiacos to advance to the Final Four?

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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