Davies Draft Propects Improving?
Former BYU post player Brandon Davies might be making his way up some draft boards around the NBA. If nothing else, he’s starting to show up on some of those online mock drafts out there.
Davies wasn’t getting a sniff from the several drafts sites until his outstanding performances in a couple of post-season All-Star appearances in April.
He was named the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament after averaging 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds, and leading his team to the championship of the tournament. Virtually every NBA front office is represented in Portsmouth, VA each year to evaluate the talent from around the country and the world.
In the Reese’s East vs. West All-Star game a couple of weeks earlier, Brandon scored 12 points to help lead his East team to a 87-81 win over the West in the Georgia Dome prior to the NCAA Final Four.
“Davies didn’t have a whole lot of buzz coming into the tournament, despite turning in an excellent senior season, and you almost have to wonder why he isn’t higher on the list of seniors available in this year’s draft,” said Rob Reheuser of NBA.com following the Portsmouth Invitational. “If nothing else, he’s forced teams to take a much closer look.”
Jeff Goodman, a college basketball insider from CBSSports.com, currently ranks Davies as the No. 59 prospect in this year’s NBA draft. He’s ranked one spot behind Florida State’s Michael Snaer, four spots ahead of St. Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova and eight spots ahead of Elias Harris of Gonzaga. In his most recent mock draft, Goodman has Davies just sneaking into the second round as the 58th overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs.
NBA-Draft.com lists Davies as the No. 53 prospect in the draft and also sees him as a second round selection, while Hoopsworld.com ranks Davies as the No. 63 player, placing him just outside of the draft if it were held today.
The 6-9, 235-pound power forward was named to the All-WCC team for the second straight season this year after averaging 17.7 points, 8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and nearly one blocked shot per game. He also deliver 11 double-double games in 2012-13.
Brandon finished his BYU career ranked in the school’s top 10 in 11 different statistical categories, including a top five ranking in rebounds, offensive rebounds, games played, wins, free throws attempted and blocked shots.
The NBA draft will take place on June 27th, giving Davies an opportunity to continue to move up the boards.
Brandon gave this interview while playing in the Portsmouth Invitational: