While Jimmer Fredette received most of the national attention for his explosive offensive performances in The Basketball Tournament, Brandon Davies also delivered at a ridiculously high level as Team Fredette made a run to the Final Four.
Davies, who starred in Lithuania a season ago, earned plenty of praise for his ability to finish around the basket, put the ball on the floor and to stretch the defense with his face-up game.
The former two-time first-team All-WCC honoree also garnered attention for his work on the defensive end of the floor. Thankfully, we can relive many of those highlight plays from the five-game run in TBT.
In the tournament, Davies averaged 15 points a game on 62.5 percent shooting the floor including a blistering 70 percent from inside the arc. He also contributed 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 25.2 minutes.
Davies started things out with a monster showing in game 1 as Team Fredette knocked of the Peoria All-Stars, 88-80. In the eight point win, he totaled 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in 27 minutes.
Here are the highlights from that game from TBT’s Twitter account.
His biggest play on the defensive of the floor came when stepped to the lane from the help side and delivered a massive block.
Davies followed that up with some massive dunks in game 2 despite playing just 14 minutes.
The first big dunk came late in the second quarter of a tight game when he took the ball baseline and finished with the huge two-handed flush.
The second came late in the contest when Davies caught the ball in transition and threw it home without taking a dribble.
Davies showed off his defensive chops again in a game 3 come-from-behind win over the Fort Wayne All-Stars when he came out of nowhere to reject a lay-up.
Game 4 produced a bunch of big highlights from Davies who totaled 15 points, four rebounds and three steals as Team Fredette raced home with a 100-78 win over Scarlet and Gray to advance to the Final Four.
The first came when he caught the ball on the block and faked former No. 1 pick, Greg Oden out of his shoes with a sweet ball fake before finishing at the rim.
Davies followed that up with a huge one-hand jam on a sweet assist from Fredette.
Davies provided more big plays for Team Fredette in the semifinal loss the Eberlein drive, including a pair of strong finishes and a right-wing three to tie the game.
The last highlight play came late in the first half when beat his defender with a fantastic pump fake, before freezing another defender with a fake pass to get to the rim for the old-school Karl Malone style finish.
While Davies and Team Fredette didn’t take home the money, it was sure great to see him back on TV showing off his skills on both ends of the floor.
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