Friday, April 22, 2011
BYU: Brandon Davies is still welcome here
By Diamond Leung
BYU sophomore forward Brandon Davies has voluntarily withdrawn from school and will have to meet certain conditions to enroll again in the fall semester, but all signs point to his return to the team following an honor code violation that led to his suspension for the NCAA tournament.
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe and coach Dave Rose have expressed their support. And even as Davies was leaving school, BYU assistant to the president Carri Jenkins said Davies was not in fact banned from campus.
"We actually want him here on campus," Jenkins said, noting he would be allowed to use the library and will be working with the dean of students to facilitate his return.
Jenkins said Davies would be able to have contact with his teammates, though he won't be allowed to go with the rest of the Cougars on a tour of Greece. It remains unclear if Davies would be able to work out and play pick-up games with them using school facilities. [Update: A BYU spokesman said Davies would be able to participate with teammates in workouts that aren't considered team activities.]
According to the statement attributed to Davies released by the school, the 6-foot-9 big man was expecting to return for his junior year.
"There's a pretty long list of people that I'd like to thank who are helping me through this difficult time," Davies said. "It's been very hard emotionally but thanks to the love and support of many, I'll be able to get through it. There's a plan in place, and I intend to follow through and return to BYU in the fall. I'm looking forward to coming back to school to continue my education and getting back on the court."
For a BYU team that loses national scoring leader Jimmer Fredette next season as it moves from the Mountain West Conference to the WCC, it will be important to get its leading rebounder back.
It would help the Cougars move forward after they reached the Sweet 16, but left many wondering if they could have gone further with Davies in the fold.