BYU basketball: Former Cougar Brandon Davies signs with the L.A. Clippers

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  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    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?

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Sept. 10, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    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?

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    Davies has an NBA game and thats the difference between him and Jimmer.

    Sept. 9, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    "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 Loveridge?

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 7, 2013 4:57 a.m.

    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.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Sept. 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.

    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.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:58 p.m.


    Many 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.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Lifelong Republican Orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    Hilarious that ANY utah fan would be commenting about an article about basketball. Women's gymnastics maybe but basketball. No.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    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 represent!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Sept. 6, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    Davies would be wise to consult Greg Kite on how to make it in the NbA without knowing how to play basketball.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    So Crissy,
    What has your ute team produced lately in the NBA? Thought so!!

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    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. Well done.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    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.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    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 Mr. Davies.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    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 any day.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:38 p.m.


    I 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.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    @ 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.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    When a "supposed" national powerhouse hasn't produced a single win in the NCAA tournament in almost a decade, that is embarrassing!


    Guaranteed, 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...

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    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.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    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

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Good for you, Brandon.
    Playing in the NBA..., the hard way.
    You'll be a better man and better player for it.

  • GW Lindon, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    While 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!

  • papi_chulo Ogden, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    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 play

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    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!

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    What a great opportunity to play with Blake Griffin and CP3. Not may players can say that. Well done Mr Davies.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:41 p.m.


    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!

  • Krispy Zadoosh Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    Congrats Brandon.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    I would SO love to earn NBA-bench-riding money. Anyone else?

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    Unfortunately, Davies will get in early foul trouble in every game he plays and will spend the rest of the game on the bench.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    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.

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    @ 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?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    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. Well done.