Nobody thinks BYU is a national powerhouse in basketball or football. However,
BYU has been around a top 50 program in Basketball for the last several years.
Since there are about 350 Division I programs, that certainly puts them in the
top 15%. Not too shabby.Yes, it would be nice if they could put
more players into the NBA. But how many schools do consistently have players
drafted? Remember: there are about 350 division I programs.So when
a guy like Davies, who nobody really expected to get drafted or even get much of
a look when BYU's season ended, takes an opportunity and runs with it? How
can you not wish him all the best?
I, a life-long BYU sports fan and graduate, have somehow managed to avoid
meeting any of these fans who begin every football season believing the Y will
go undefeated, would refer to the basketball team as "a national
powerhouse" with a straight face and thought Jimmer would enter the NBA as
an All-Star from day one.The only time I read stuff like that is
from the Anti-BYU crowd (as opposed to "Ute fans") attempting to mock
these mythical delusional BYU fans. Honestly, where are they? Chris? Hedge? Do
you actually know any of them, even as posters on these boards?
Davies has an NBA game and thats the difference between him and Jimmer.
"There is no shame in riding the bench in the NBA.But when a
college program whose fans base think they are a national powerhouse hasn't
produced a single great NBA player in 30 years, that is embarrassing!"Why do you care? Why aren't you more excited about Jordan
Good news. I hope he does well in the NBA or Europe. His problem has always
been consistency. He would dominate one game and become an spectator the next.
I think he made real progress during his time at BYU. Few thought he could do
as well as he did. I think we'll find him to become a good, long time,
role player because he does not cause trouble and seems to be teachable. I
think most coaches like that in their number 8 or 9 players. There is nothing
wrong with playing ten years in the NBA and never being THE starter but playing
every night and working every practice. One can make pretty good money that way
over time. The next thing will be to see if he can manage his life once he has
a bit of success and the money that comes with it. If he can't, the whole
thing will be a waste. Good to see he is getting a fair chance.
Here's one Utah fan that would like to congratulate Brandon Davies. Your
hard work has finally paid off and I wish you only success in the NBA.
@dumprakeMany of Brandon's silly fouls came from chasing
smaller players out around the 3-point line,a long standing weakness
of BYU's defense, having their big men playing defense out at the 3-point
line.Shouldn't be a problem in the NBA.
I've never met Brandon, but he is one of my hero's. No person should
have to go through the public media humiliation he went through. Let him who is
without sin cast the first stone. Kudos to you for sticking it out, and
congrats for reaching your dreams. There will always be those, like one on this
thread, who cannot handle anyone being successful. Instead of celebrating
others success, they ridicule hoping to bring them down to their unsuccessful
level.Rose has created quite a program with Jimmer and Brandon in
the NBA. Haws on Team USA. Haws and Collinsworth both have legit shots at the
NBA. And "mark it down", several of the future recruits will find a
spot on an NBA roster.
Hilarious that ANY utah fan would be commenting about an article about
basketball. Women's gymnastics maybe but basketball. No.
Chris B has only been around for 17 years so forgive him if he can't recall
great players from the past 30 years.Congrats Brandon! Way to
Davies would be wise to consult Greg Kite on how to make it in the NbA without
knowing how to play basketball.
So Crissy,What has your ute team produced lately in the NBA? Thought so!!
Terrific accomplishment to make an NBA roster. Rivers is a great coach and
Chris Paul is the best point guard in the league. Great situation for Brandon.
Why do we need to bring it up to CHRIS B? Just move on.Congradulation Brondon, at first that I didn't think you were not going
to get the nba but you did work very hard. WCC is a joke for whatever the reason
but Coach Dave Rose said that WCC is the right fit. Good luck in nba and be
patient, but I still don't understand why you still try to shoot 3's?
Just don't do it too often unless play clock does wind down.
Congrats to Brandon. I'm as Ute as they come, but I've hoped
this would happen for Brandon and would wish the same for any of the state of
Utah's homegrown talent. Brandon has always seemed like a good dude and
I've always liked his game. Sure there's room for him to improve, but
now he gets to 'improve' on the biggest stage.Congrats again to
No BYU fan has claimed that BYU is a national powerhouse. We are easily the
best basketball program in the state of Utah, and we are a nationally respected
team that consistently competes in the NCAA tournament, consistently gets the
best in-state recruits, and is increasingly getting players to the next level.
In my opinion Brandon Davies is one of the greatest success stories
in BYU history. Both he and KVN (who I think is one of his best friends)
overcame honor code violations to go on to make it to the next level. The fact
that they both stayed at BYU says truckloads about their character. Because
Brandon is an individual of character he will succeed in life, even if that
means making millions of dollars riding the bench in the bigs. That beats
posting incessantly about your college rival from your mother's basement
@ChrisBI guess you don't count Danny Ainge 1982-1995 or Fred
Roberts 1984-1997 or Greg Kite 1984-1995 or Shawn Bradley 1994-2005, I know that
not all of them were superstars but I would call Ainge a great NBA player. And
Fred Roberts was a great talent who just played on a poor Bucks team.National Powerhouse, yeah I tend to agree that BYU is not quite that. But
they have produced some pretty darn good players. You have to agree with that
don't you. These guys I mentioned all withing the last 30 years, all
played close to or more than a 1000 games in the NBA, and all averaged I am
guessing 500 points or more a season, that is not all that bad.
@ Chris B:Will you ever learn when it's time to give it a rest?
This article is NOT about BYU fans or your particular opinion of them.
It's about an individual player who exceeded expectations and is personally
doing really well. Your first comment was meant to be a dubious putdown to both
Brandon and Jimmer. That's why it later got pulled. The only
"embarrassment" coming from all of this is what you are showing of
yourself.There are times to banter rival teams and there are other
times when we should back off and respect individual accomplishment, regardless
of who that player plays for. This is one of those times. Simply give some
credit where credit is due and you will personally earn a bit more respect...
both from others and from yourself.
When a "supposed" national powerhouse hasn't produced a single win
in the NCAA tournament in almost a decade, that is embarrassing!papi_chuloGuaranteed, my 12-year-old nephew could take Chris B. in
a one-on-one matchup. He wouldn't even have to foul because he'd be
swatting everything Chris put up...
Must be really embarrassing to only beat a small down south one time in 12
tries. Then again winning bball games isn't important in slc.
Props to Davies! Making the league is always a huge accomplishment. Happy to see
anyone from Utah go. Especially someone I beat when he was guarding me in 3 on
3..Congrats to Brandon
Good for you, Brandon.Playing in the NBA..., the hard way.You'll be a better man and better player for it.Congratulations.
@TatorsWhile I don't disagree with what you said to the resident
bridge-dweller, I'd just like to point out that the fact that people reply
to the nonsense is predictable as well.Good luck Brandon, keep that
attitude and you'll reach your potential!
I gaurantee Brandon could take Chris B in a one on one matchup....although he
may get into early foul trouble...that is if he gets off the bench enough to
There is no shame in riding the bench in the NBA.But when a college
program whose fans base think they are a national powerhouse hasn't
produced a single great NBA player in 30 years, that is embarrassing!
What a great opportunity to play with Blake Griffin and CP3. Not may players can
say that. Well done Mr Davies.
@Tators:Great comments. Just clicking "like" wasn't
enough recognition for your well-written and well-thought out comments. Just
making the roster is a huge accomplishment. I'm sure Dave Kruger would
agree.@Chris B:Greg Kite, just to pick a random BYU
example, road the pine for 12 years in the NBA. He rarely took it to the rim,
fouled within seconds of entering the game, but he took it to the bank
consistently during every one of those years. Not a bad career, even if he
didn't match the careers of Michael Doleac or Hanno Mottola. I'm sure
those two wish they had matched Kite's career!Doc Rivers is a
more reliable evaluator of talent than any of us. He said, “We really
liked Brandon in summer league. We like his ability to play multiple positions
and he fits with our team. He understands team basketball and has been in here
all summer working on his game.” Nice compliments that override anything
Chris B could say to try to detract from Brandon's achievement.Congrats to Brandon for making the team!
The chance to play for Doc Rivers is huge. Coach Rose makes a good point that a
good organization and team can be a gig difference maker. Glad to see Davies get
the shot to play for an NBA team.
I would SO love to earn NBA-bench-riding money. Anyone else?
Unfortunately, Davies will get in early foul trouble in every game he plays and
will spend the rest of the game on the bench.
Congratulations Brandon! You've come a long way since that day you and Tui
dropped by for senior pics.Good luck as you begin your NBA career.
Good for Davies, hope you will grab this chance to excel youself to the next
level.By the way, I am amazed how hatred can give someone courage to
turn something so positive into negative words.
@ ekute:Great comment. Thanks for showing some genuine class.
It's nice to know that we can sometimes transcend the lines in "the
rivalry" and give credit where and when credit is due. You earned my respect
on this one.
@ Chris B:True to form, you just had to be the first to comment on
another BYU article. You are a predictable dude.I marked it down
during last basketball season that you emphatically stated that Brandon Davies
would never play in the NBA. Now you're changing your tune to he will
"ride the bench" a lot. You also told us to mark it down that
Jimmer wouldn't last more than one year in the NBA. Yet another dubious
prediction. They just seem to keep coming... no matter how often and how far off
they are. What does it really mean when you keep telling us to
"mark it down"? It appears we should be using soft lead pencils with big
erasers whenever we do. Why is so hard for you to give some credit
where credit due? Davies worked his butt off with exceptional effort and you
can't even acknowledge that... even just a little bit... simply because he
played for BYU. I sincerely hope your hate isn't cankering your
character.One more thing. Remind all of us of exactly how many Ute
basketball players from last season now have NBA contracts?
Congratulations Brandon. You're reaping the rewards of you're hard
work and dedication. Best of everything to you and you're family.Congratulations to Coach Rose and the rest of Brandon's support staff.