Brandyn Curry is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Huntersville, North Carolina that is a rookie and playing his first season in Europe for the SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie). He played four years at Harvard(NCAA) playing a total of 113 NCAA games and as a senior played 23 games averaging 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 58.5%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Eurochallenge game against the Fraport Skyliners in Den Bosch.
Hi Brandyn thanks for talking to German Hoops. The past days there has been carnival feeling in certain parts in Germany. Have you been able to see anything or is Den Bosch quiet this weekend?
Den Bosch was anything but quiet this weekend. They have their 4 day carnaval celebration that started Saturday night. Its the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in person. They definitely party hard here.
Den Bosch recently suffered a narrow 69-63 loss on Valentines day against Gronningen. You battle against different point guards each week, but what kind of a challenge was it battling against the physical and wide Lance Jeter?
Playing against Lance Jeter was certainly a different but still really tough challenge. Completely opposite of my matchup with Courtney Fortson who is small and super quick, Lance is probably the strongest guard I have gone up against. He is tough to stop in the full court with his strength and is a very good shooter as well.
As a rookie how have you coped with the two game per week schedule of the Dutch league and Eurochallenge play? Especially last week you had a tiring trip to Russia. What will you never forget from that journey?
Well at Harvard we played back-to-back games every week on friday and saturday for conference play so the two games a week is no big deal for me. These past week we had 3 games in 6 days with two of the 3 non game days being 16 hours trips to and from Russia. I will never forget the epic snowball fight we had as a team while walking around in Russia when we first got there. Everyone was in on it including the coaches ha.
The game of basketball can be an annoying game at times. Den Bosch is 1-3 at the moment, but if a few bounces had gone differently could be 4-1. You lost in Frankfurt 75-70 where you were on fire, should of beat Avtodor at home and then lost at Avtodor 89-85. How often have you still had these games on your mind in the past?
Yeah you are right about that and its tough knowing we had those games and kind of beat ourselves which is very frustrating. But at the same time we cant sit here and dwell on the past. We learned from our mistakes and are a better team from those games. We proved that when we play our game we can play with anyone. Now we just have to finish games out.
Was there a loss at Harvard that you could have put in the same category of bitterness as the 108-107 double OT loss against Avtodor? Was the team able to forget this loss or does it still creep into talks with the players?
The only loss worst then the Avtodor game at home was when we lost to Princeton on a game winning shot as time expired. It was so devastating because it was the tiebreaker game where the winner went into the NCAA Tournament. I had just hit the go ahead bucket with 2.9 seconds left on the clock before Douglas Davis hit the game winning jumper. Worst loss of my career. We have come to terms with the loss and don’t really talk about it. We realize we really gave it away but like I said all we can do is learn from it and move on which we have.
This week the Fraport Skyliners meet Den Bosch in Holland as you have a must win and Frankfurt can clinch a spot in the Quarterfinals. How much revenge feeling do you have and can we await a spirited defensive performance by the Dutch team?
Oh yeah you can believe that we will be throwing our all out there on the court this Wednesday against Frankfurt. Its all or nothing and we know how close we were to winning that game at their place. Its going to be a battle
Do you think with your 26 point effort against ratiopharm ulm and 27 points against the Fraport Skyliners that some German BBL teams took notice. Did these good performances add a little more self confidence to your game?
You know I really don’t know if other teams in the German BBL took notice of my performances. Like I said before my goal is to be one of the top guards in Europe so I’m just trying to show I can play with the best of them. All I can do is give my best effort and hopefully people with notice. Those performances definitely give me more confidence. Always good to do well against the best competition.
Since his 1/10 shooting game and seven points in Frankfurt, your teammate Chris Denson has picked up his game again. Will we see a totally different Denson against Frankfurt than what we saw in Frankfurt?
Yeah for sure. He is a top scorer in the league for a reason. That was a rough game for him but Chris is a monster scorer and that kind of game will happen once in a blue moon. Look for him to be back to his normal self this Wednesday.
What was your take on the 2015 NBA Allstar weekend? Where will you see a Stephen Curry in 2-3 years in top players in the NBA and is Zack Lavine the real deal?
I didn’t get to watch a lot of it because my girlfriend is here visiting so I was busy showing here around and celebrating her birthday (which is valentines day) but it was entertaining like always. Of course the game was crazy high scoring and the contests were all good. I think Steph has proven he is without a doubt a top player in the NBA and in 2-3 years will be the best point guard in the NBA. I love his game and he continues to get better every year. Definitely a player I am trying to emulate. I´m not completely convinced Zach Lavine is the real deal on the court yet. he is for sure one of the greatest leapers to ever play the game but i´m not sold on him being the next Westbrook like everyone claims he will be
When will we see a yo yo dribble from you? Have you ever tried it and what is your opinion about this new craze in basketball?
Ha probably wont see a yo yo dribble from me this year at all. Got to practice it first so maybe next year! No I’ve never tried it but I think its actually a deadly fake in the right situation. I remember “the professor” using it in AND1 street ball years back but I never thought I would see it used in the NBA. Just shows how players are always looking for new moves to use. One of the reason I love the sport so much
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD movie I watched was the Interview. I had heard mixed reviews but I thought it was really funny. I liked it!
Thanks Brandyn for the chat.