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PROVO -- BYU sophomore Brandon Davies is developing into quite the defensive player for the Cougars, working hard to make his skills known.
"I've learned a lot coming from my freshman to sophomore year," Davies said. "[I've] worked twice as hard. There's still a lot that I need to get better at and as the season goes on, I'm confident that I'll continue to get better at it."
Davies graduated from Provo High School where he helped his team win two state titles. He credits his wide variety of moves to other players in the game, including Hakeem Olajuwon and Dwight Howard.
"I've watched and learned moves from so many different players growing up," Davies said. "Not just in high school, but even in the league. When I see a move and I like it, I'll work on that on my own and it just flows. I try to take a simple move and create it into my own type of game."
One of Davies' favorite moves is a fake pass up the middle, throwing the defender off his game. The fake pass gives him an easy look at the basket.
"I actually learned that from one of my middle school coaches," Davies said. "I just kind of developed it into my high school game. I did it all through high school and it's just continuing to work for me."
"This is a player that is a little different," coach Dave Rose said. "Usually you bring them in and try to expand their game a little bit and create a few more moves for them. With Brandon, [we try] to shrink it a little bit. He's got a chance to be a really good offensive low-post player for us."
Although Davies has some moves on the court, it's his pre-game dancing that has separated him from the rest.
"I'm just trying to go out there and have fun," Davies said. "It just calms everyon's nerves—it calms my nerves—and it gets us ready for the game. As a unit, we're all in this together and it's just fun to get us going like that."
Asked if Davies put some thought into the dancing before the game, he said, "I put some thought into in, but not too much. It just flows."
"We'd love to have [Rose] in there with us, but I don't think he'd ever get in there with us," Davies said. "He might not have the rhythm, but I'm sure he'd do fine."