By Matt Norlander
The entire YouTube video of his Tuesday meeting with the media is below, but I wanted to dedicate a post this, considering Brandon Davies' suspension stirred a national debate for nearly a week last season. He's back now, he's one of the 100 most talented players in college basketball this season, and if BYU's to win the West Coast Conference title in its first year in that league, Davies will be the reason why.
Plus, he'll be the biggest deal in Provo now that Jimmer's gone.
Davies was prepared and handled himself well with the cluster of media Tuesday. He admitted he had an internal debate over whether or not to leave BYU after his Honor Code violation caused him to sit out for the NCAA tournament.
"There were a lot of thoughts going through my head, trying to deal with it all," he said, adding that he wasn't contacted by any other program about transferring, and didn't think about going to another school. (Admittedly, he seemed to hop on both sides of the fence here. Was he thinking about turning pro, then?)
When asked if he was happy with the way BYU handled his situation, Davies responded, "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 and back here where I'm supported and loved by so many."
As for playing on the road -- that's going to be something this season. Plenty of opposing fans will be locked and loaded, ready to rib Davies for his act that isn't tolerated at BYU, yet is commonplace and part of the college experience at 99 percent of other campuses across the country.
"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. It's one of the toughest places to play so we all expect it. But it doesn't matter. It's not going to affect me."
That's the BYU SID leering over Davies' shoulder, juuuust in case a reporter asks a question the school isn't comfortable with Brandon answering. Fortunately that didn't happen.