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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27 2013 5:10 p.m. MST

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dumprake
Washington, UT

I love BYU and I like these guys a lot. But Davies is the most frustrating player to watch. He's pretty good sometimes, but he exhibits a weak competitive spirit, he is a senior and still makes dumb, junior high fouls and ends up spending most of the game on the bench. His offensive skills are very mediocre. He was awful as a freshman, very poor as a sophomore, not bad as a junior. Now he's a senior and still hasn't improved much. We really needed Chris Collinsworth this year.

As for Zylstra, how can he go 8 for 8 one night and 0 for 8 the next? He's a very frustrating player to watch. As a senior he should be able to hit those 3s blindfolded, but he's very erratic. Great players shoot well night after night after night.

Cusic is a gamer, I love his play and he shoots very well and doesn't take dumb shots (are you listening Carlino?).

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

dumbprank,

Your comments are really clasic because Davis will finish in the Top 10 in scoring and rebounding in BYU history. We're sorry he hasn't lived up to your standards but the kid has had one of the greatest statistical careers EVER at BYU. He's an amateur, college student playing basketball so get "Karl Malone" out of your mind. You do understand that, right?

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

@dumprake,

My guess is your parents thought you were pretty "frustrating to watch" as you struggled through your tough Jr. Jazz seasons making "dumb fouls", exhibiting "weak competitive spirit" and as you struggled to muster 3 points and a couple rebounds.

Overly critical fans sometimes need to look themselves in the mirror and know that playing D1 basketball is actually a hard thing to do.

As for Davies, we thank you for multiple things: for being one of the 5-10 best scorers/big men ever to play at BYU AND for handling your suspension with humility and determination to make things right.

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT

dumprake

Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more with your assessment of Davies.

He wasn't at all "very poor" as a Sophomore, in fact, losing Davies for the playoffs probably cost BYU a #1 seed and a very good shot at the Final Four.

As a senior, he's averaged 18 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.4 apg as BYU's lone low-post threat. Brandon does pick up some silly fouls, especially blocking and charging calls, but he has excellent footwork and has been very effective one-on-one on the block. When Brandon struggles on the post, it's usually because his teammates aren't hitting outside shots, allowing defenses to collapse in the paint to double- and triple-team Brandon.

With a better supporting cast forcing teams to single cover Davies, Brandon could have had a monster senior season. Brandon has scored in double-figures in every game this season, except one. Even BYU's leading scorer, Tyler Haws, didn't manage that feat.

mnsave
Rigby, ID

dumprake,

I agree with you to an extent, but I think you are being too harsh. Davies can be frustrating. For a "walkon", I feel Zylstra has shown well for himself. I especially agree with you regarding Collingsworth. I believe him and Rogers would have made enough of a differnce to win 4 or 5 of the games we lost.

Down under
Pullman, WA

What Dumprake was trying say is that Davies and Zylstra are inconsistent. He is correct is his assessment. If they could bring their A game every night BYU would have 4-5 more wins and headed to the sweet 16. As it is they will not even do well in the NIT with inconsistent play by the seniors.
Next few years looks promising in Provo.

Buffalo1
McLean, VA

Since the comments on this article have become somewhat of a mini-referendum on Brandon Davies, I'm gonna put my two cents worth into the stack. Folks, it's the wrong time to ride Davies for his playing limitations, which in fact have been well-documented over a four year playing career. On senior night, I'd much rather remember his great games and significant contributions to the program's success, which are many. More importantly, I'll always admire the guy for having the courage to stay with the program, after a hugely embarrassing and highly publicized mistake. He paid the full price for that mistake, took tons of way-over-the-top personal abuse, and regardless went on to represent the university in a unique and admirable way. Hats off to Davies, and all the success in the world to him in all of his future endeavors!

Buffalochp1

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CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Collinsworth and Rogers were sorely missed this year. I agree with down under; a starting line up of Davies, Collinsworth, Rogers, Haws and Carlino gets 4 or 5 more wins and would be NCAA bound instead of NIT bound.

Even though Davies hasn't always played up to his potential, he will be missed next year. I'm hoping our sensational Sophomores (Carlino, Haws, Austin, Sharp) kick it up a notch next year to fill in the void he leaves behind.

Thank you Brandon, Craig and Brock for all you did.

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