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BYU Basketball in the Pros: Brandon Davies shines in Italian League

BYU basketball players are spread out all over the world from the United States to Europe, Asia, and recently South America. Let's revisit their BYU careers and check in on how they're doing in the pros

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In the second and final part of the Cougars in the Pros series, we will take a look at four Cougar players who all averaged over 15 points per game at least once in their BYU career.

Brandon Davies (2009-2013): While he might be most known nationally for his dismissal from the 2011 team that prevented the Jimmer Fredette-led squad from making a serious run at a national championship, Davies came back to have an outstanding junior and senior seasons, developing into one of the most versatile big men in all of college basketball.

After two years in the NBA with the Sixers and Nets, Davies is now playing for OpenJobMetis Varese in the Italian Serie A league.  He led the team in scoring and finished with a first place finish in Group V standings in Stage 2 of the FIBA Europe Cup.

GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TO/G SPG PPG
50 45 25.3 .501 .233 .740 6.9 1.5 2.6 0.9 14.0

Lee Cummard (2005-2009): One of the most efficient players in BYU history, Cummard shot an unfathomable 54% from the field in his career as a guard.  He also took some of the ball-handling pressure off of Jimmer Fredette during his first two seasons, allowing Fredette plenty of time to develop into the star he became.

Lee just finished his fourth season playing for Okapi Aalstar in the Belgian League, where his team is currently in the semifinals of the playoffs.  Cummard plays a prominent role off the bench and is still the same shooter he was at BYU.

GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TO/G SPG PPG
31 13 22.6 .500 .400 .731 4.7 1.4 0.8 1.0 6.9

Jonathan Tavernari (2006-2010): One of the best high volume shooters ever, Tavernari had the ability to light up any arena at any given moment with his unlimited range.  While he was a polarizing player at BYU, especially when those shots weren't falling, he will always be credited for taking a backseat as a 6th man on the 2009-10 team that won 30 games and won the school's first NCAA Tournament game since 1993.

After seasons in Italy and then his home Brazil, he returned to Italy this past season to play for BCC Corvengenze Agropoli in Italian Serie A2 league, where he led the team to the quarterfinals.  He still displays his three point shooting prowess, hitting 76 long balls in just 26 games.

GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TO/G SPG PPG
26 24 31.3 .413 .376 .765 4.5 1.0 1.8 0.9 13.3

Trent Plaisted (2004-2008): Plaisted was a luxury in the frontcourt that Dave Rose inherited to start his coaching tenure at BYU. He gave the Cougars three outstanding years from 2005-2008 before declaring for the draft after his redshirt junior season.

Despite being drafted in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics and playing a total of five NBA preseason games in 2010 and 2012, he was never able to catch onto an NBA roster.  He is currently in the playoffs for Neptunas Klaipeda in the top Lithuanian basketball league as a backup center.

GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TO/G SPG PPG
28 1 12.8 .512 .000 .519 2.9 0.4 0.8 0.4 4.0

While the next generation of BYU stars (Nick Emery, TJ Haws, Eric Mika, and others) could possibly produce a couple of NBA players, it is interesting to take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the former stars who helped make Dave Rose's first few seasons in Provo so successful.  While some have had more successful pro careers than others, these players continue to represent BYU basketball in the best way possible all over the globe.