Brandyn Curry is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Huntersville, North Carolina that will be playing his second professional season in Germany with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. As a rookie he completed his first season in Europe for the SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie). In his rookie season in Holland he played 33 games averaging 14.9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-2(5.0apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 83.7%; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 16.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-5(1.8spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 72.7% 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 had the chance to talk with German Hoops during his short lay over in Munich before flying to his new second home Bremerhaven.
Thanks Brandyn for the quick chat with German Hoops. You were one of the first imports signed this season. Did your summer pass by as fast from the signing with Bremerhaven until now as a lightening trip from Den Bosch to Eindhoven for a nice evening of good Dutch soccer?
Hey Miles no problem at all. Haha yeah that’s a pretty good analogy of how quick the summer went for me. I’m on the way to Bremerhaven right now and I feel like I just got back home from Den Bosch not too long ago
You had a short lay over in Munich. Did you think about this season and the challenge that you will encounter when you will be playing against Euroleague and most famous German sports brand Bayern Munich?
Yeah I have definitely thought about the new challenges I will face this year in the BBL. Im very excited and looking forward to meeting this challenges head on. The league has a lot of great teams and players so every night will be tough. Nothing better than that
You moved to a higher league, but with moving to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven you have sacrificed not playing international competition. What will you miss most about squaring off against foreign teams?
Playing in the Eurochallenge was a great experience for me last year. I really enjoyed traveling to different countries and playing against so many good teams. Definitely going to miss all that
You will have extra time to prepare for each weekend´s game in the Beko BBL with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Do you see yourself having a different type of mental approach each week in practices and before games than what you had as a rookie where everything was still fairly new for you?
I am looking forward to the extra perpetration time. One thing with playing internationally too is the travel and multiple games do make it tougher to prepare for league games. I feel like I got used to doing that though and handled it pretty well. So I think once I get the hang of our weekly schedule this year the extra time will prove to be very useful to me in my second year.
This season you have a different kind of talent than what you had last season with Den Bosch. How much are you looking forward to playing with so many talented guys?
I cannot wait to get to meet all the guys on the team. I feel like we have the pieces to have a really good team and we just have to put it all together during the preseason. I learned a lot from the my teammates last year and I have no doubt I will continue to learn and improve from the talented players I’ll be playing with in Bremerhaven
What part of your game do you see profiting more especially when you have a totally different type of basketball IQ around you for each play on the court?
I feel like the court will be even more open for me to make the right play whether it be scoring or setting my teammates up. When you are surrounded by talented players who all have high Basketball IQ it just makes the game that much easier for you. Opponents can’t just key in on one player and that opens the floor for everyone else
How much do you see yourself profiting from new teammate Jerry Smith at the guard position who is a guy that played 5 NBA games for the New Jersey nets in the 2011-2012 season when you were playing your second season at Harvard. Is taking on a leadership possible on such a team where there is experience?
Getting to play with and learn from Jerry is one of the things I’m looking forward to the most. He obviously is a very talented player who has been successful on every level so I’m going to learn as much as possible from him. I still feel I can have a leadership role even though I’m one of the younger guys on a team of vets. It doesn’t have to be vocally all the time it could just be leading by example and bring my best every single day to push everyone else. I know I will be learning a lot from these guys.
What are you most proud of the past few months in your summer work out schedule that you feel will come in handy right away when you have to show a good figure in the first weeks of practice?
I think I am in great shape right now. Even though my summer was short, after my cruise I got right back to work with my trainers. They turned it up a notch this summer and I feel like I improved to another level again so I am very happy with the work I put in with them.
Before heading to Germany you got a book as a gift called the Carpenter by Jon Holland. As a Harvard man how important is reading and always challenging the mind even for a professional basketball player? Can it help out on the court?
Oh yeah the lessons I learn from the books I read most certainly translate to the court. One thing I’ve learned from the players before me is that the game is more mental than people realize. Having the right mindset and attitude can have a significant impact on your play. These books help keep me mentally sharp
If you had to make a rough estimation at how many towns you visited last season that had rivers running left and right what would you calculate and what will you miss most form your rookie season in Holland?
Ha I really have no idea I’m going to say about 5. I’m going to miss the people of Den Bosch a lot. All of my teammates, coaches, and supporters of the team really made me feel at home last year. They are such great people and I was so fortunate to get to start my career off there.
NBA teams have signed many guys for their training camp places that weren´t drafted. What signing really made you happy to see giving that guy another step in possibly making his NBA dream come true?
My teammates Wesley Saunders and Kyle Casey from Harvard both are going to have a chance to make an NBA roster through training camp. Wes with the Knicks and Kyle with the Suns. They are some of most talented players I’ve ever played with so it really made me happy to see them get their chance to make their dreams a reality.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Just saw ‘Focus’ on my 9 hour plane ride!
Thanks Brandyn for the chat.