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BYU basketball: Brandon Davies says school, team supported him through ordeal

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 8 2011 11:07 p.m. MST

Asked if he was happy with the way the school handled the situation, Davies said, "I'm just happy to be back. It doesn't matter what I had to go through to get here. I'm just glad to be here, back with my teammates and back here where I'm supported and loved by so many ... I was definitely treated more than fair. Just to be able to make it back here and be able to be part of this team again is a blessing to me."

Davies said that the community response has been "mostly positive," adding that he was aware of the abundant national coverage of his situation.

"I tried not to pay attention to it, but it's always out there," he said. "There's always going to be good things and there's always going to be bad things. But you've got to push through it. It really doesn't matter what people think as long as I know that I've grown as a person and know it's only going to get better."

But what will happen when he goes on the road, particularly at Utah State on Friday?

"I personally love playing on the road. I love the hostile environment," he said. "I don't know what's going to be said, but I'm ready for it. I'm pretty good at ignoring things like that. That's part of the game. You get that anywhere you go. It's one of the toughest places to play. We all expect it. But it doesn't matter. It's not going to affect me."

The entire experience has galvanized the team, Davies said.

"It's definitely strengthened us. I think it's a bad thing, a terrible thing that we all had to go through. They were all willing to go through it with me and pull through together. I think that says a lot about their character and the way we are as a team."

Now that Davies is available to talk publicly, the questions are likely to continue coming from national media outlets. He's willing to continue answering questions.

"It's still kind of tender. But I feel like most media are going to be pretty respectful of the situation," he said. "I'm more than happy to shine my light on it and help other people if needed. As far as talking to them about it, I'm pretty sure that everyone knows the story by now. It's coming to a close pretty much. But it's what I had to go through and I'm willing to share that just to help others so they don't have to go through what I had to go through."

Davies said he's gone through a significant change during the past year, both as a player and as a person.

"Basketball is pretty much all I've got going for me right now. Just to be there to help my teammates in any way that I can is kind of driving me to become a better player. Hopefully I can continue to do that for my teammates and for myself … I honestly think I'm a totally different person. But that's up to other people to decide. I can't really tell someone that I've changed. It's up to me to actually show that. Hopefully I'm (going) in the right direction.

Email: jeffc@desnews.com

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