BYU basketball: Brandon Davies signs with EuroLeague power

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Former BYU big man Brandon Davies has found a new home for the 2017-18 campaign.

After a strong season playing with one of the top teams in all of France, Davies has signed a deal to play for Lithuanian power BC Zalgiris Kaunas.

 

It will be the fourth team in four years in Europe for Davies who is coming off a season where he helped to carry AS Monaco to a 30-4 regular season record in France’s top league while taking home third place in Basketball Champions League play.

Along the way, he averaged 10.4 points a night in 30 French league games on 53.4 percent shooting from inside the arc. He also contributed a team-best 5.1 rebounds while handing out 1.7 assists in 21.2 minutes a games.

His numbers were also solid in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 13 games.

He will be joining a Zalgiris squad who went 33-3 in LKL regular season action last year before skating through the playoffs with 10 wins in 12 games to take home the Lithuanian League Championship.

That was good enough to qualify for EuroLeague for the upcoming season with the 16 best teams from every league in Europe.

Zalgiris Kaunas has already started building an impressive roster to meet the challenge that EuroLeague provides. There were able to retain star head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius who played collegiately at Maryland before starring in Europe for years. He also spent two seasons in the NBA where he played for the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors.

Zalgiris has also added former Iowa big man Aaron White who was a second round pick of the Washington Wizards in 2015. He is coming off a big season in Russia where he averaged 9.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 30 VTB United League games. Also joining White on the roster are Vasilije Micic who was a second round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014, and Royce O’Neale who is coming off a really nice season in Spain where he averaged 10.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in EuroCup action.

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