That Moment’s Gone

Brandon Davies final game as a member of the BYU Cougars won’t impress any NBA scouts.

The 6’9″ sophomore scored just four points, clanked a free throw and finished with six rebounds in quite possibly his favorite game of the year. BYU beat budding rival San Diego State for the second time this season on Saturday to claim a 1-seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Davies averaged just over 11 points per game in the high-scoring system the Cougars employ. He’s a huge presence down low, something that compliments the  “shoot first, pass later” style of play that head coach Dave Rose enjoys.

He won’t be playing basketball for the Cougars anymore. At least for the rest of this season.

Davies engaged in consensual sex with his girlfriend. That act violates BYU’s Honor Code. Davies was released from the team on Wednesday. The school will evaluate if Davies receives an opportunity to stay at the school and he may get a shot to re-join the basketball team next season.

The helium leaked out of the balloon quickly in Provo. BYU, without Davies, lost by 18 points at home to New Mexico later that night. The No. 3 team in the country suddenly turns into a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

“Everybody who comes to BYU, every student if they’re an athlete or not an athlete, they make a commitment when they come,” Rose said of the school’s honor code. “A lot of people try to judge if this is right or wrong, but it’s a commitment they make. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about commitment.”

Rose makes a good point. Davies knew the rules outlined for him at BYU. He knows the honor code. You don’t change the rules in the middle of the game.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel sorry for the kid. Somehow in this system Davies made a mistake. You and I may not see the error in his ways, but those who hold meetings with oak tables see something wrong. BYU will end up paying the price with multiple losses at the end of a winning season.

Davies lost his one shining moment before it even started. The time is truly short.

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