BYU’s Brandon Davies says he was ‘treated more than fair’

Even though Brandon Davies' violation of BYU's honor code made him fodder for the likes of Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel last March, the junior forward is well aware the worst taunts and jabs are likely yet to come.

No late-night talk show host can match the creativity or hostility of your average college basketball student section, and the first one to get a crack at Davies is notorious for its antics. In Davies' first game since his season-ending suspension last March, BYU will visit in-state rival Utah State on Friday night.

"Honestly, I personally love playing on the road," Davies said Tuesday. "I love the hostile environment. I don't know what's going to be said, but I'm ready for it. I'm pretty good at ignoring things like that. That's part of the game. It's one of the toughest places to play so we all expect it. But it doesn't matter. It's not going to affect me."

Hostile road crowds were just one of the subjects Davies touched on while making his first public comments since his suspension in an eight-minute chat with members of the local media after Tuesday's practice. Davies insisted he believes he was "treated more than fair" by BYU and emphasized that he's ecstatic to be able to play with his teammates again.

"I'm just lucky to be surrounded with people who love me, a great team and great family members and friends," Davies said. "Just to be able to make it back here and be able to be part of this team again is a blessing to me."

The suspension of Davies for violating the portion of BYU's honor code banning premarital sex drew national attention to both him and the institution. Writers, analysts and talk show hosts from coast to coast debated whether the punishment was fair or poked fun at BYU's conservative principles.

Making matters worse for Davies, his absence proved costly for BYU on the court. The Cougars were 27-2 and ranked in the top 10 when he was suspended, but they became more one-dimensional without their top big man, stumbling several times down the stretch before rebounding to make the Sweet 16. {YSP:MORE}

Davies said he never considered transferring after his suspension. He acknowledged the ordeal strengthened the bond between him and his teammates and that it taught that no adversity is too much to overcome.

"Honestly, I think I'm a totally different person, but that's up to other people to decide," Davies said. "I can't really tell someone that I've changed. It's up to me to actually show that. Hopefully I'm in the right direction and doing that the best I can."

It's Davies' goal to put the saga behind him now and focus on the new season, but he says he'll still talk about it with reporters because he feels sharing his story can help others.

"It's still kind of tender, but I feel like most media are going to be pretty respectful of the situation," Davies said. "I'm more than happy to shine my light on it and help others if needed, but as far as talking to them about it, I'm pretty sure everyone knows the story by now and it's coming to a close."

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