Brandyn Curry is a 25 year old 187cm point guard from Huntersville, North Carolina that is playing his third professional season and first with Helios Suns Domzale (Slovenia-Liga NovaKBM). Last season he played with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL): 27 games: 3.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg. As a rookie he played for the SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie). 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 spoke to German Hoops before the Champions League game against the Fraport Skyliners.
Thanks Brandyn for talking to German Hoops. It Christmas time and how is the holiday season different in Slovenia than the way it was in Germany and Holland the last two years?
Not a problem always enjoy it. Well this will be the first year that I’m not going to be going home for Christmas or new years so that is about the only difference.
Helios Suns Domzale recently lost in Greece to Aris. Their arena is supposed to be one of the toughest to play in. What kind of experience was it playing there and how difficult was it to hear your teammates on the court?
Well unfortunately I didnt get to play in that game due to an injury but just being in that atmosphere was a great experience.
You have been playing against top point guards the last years in Europe, but where did a Will Cummings rank? Was he just another solid opponent or did he have something special?
I would put Will up near the top of the list of guards I have played against in Europe
In the last Champions League game. You lost to Monaco 63-59. You came from the bench. How strange a feeling was that for you?
It was a little different but it wasn’t the first time I’ve had to come off the bench this year. Just always have be ready no matter what regardless of if I am starting or not
I recently asked Dee Bost how much of a reality his own NBA dream still is and he just smiled and said, he has put in on the back burner and concentrating on a good career in Europe. You saw him play twice now. Does he have NBA game in your opinion?
I have known Dee since I’ve first moved to North Carolina for high school so I’ve seen him play a lot. Yeah I would say he definitely does have a NBA game. He is quick, athletic, and hard to stop in the 1 on 1
You last lost to Monaco 63-59 and also had lost to them by four points earlier in the season. Had you won those two games as well as the crunch time game to Frankfurt you would have 4 wins now and basketball life would be a lot better looking. Why can´t this team win in crunch-time?
I really wish I had an answer for you but its frustrating because we could easily be in the middle of the pack if we had won those games. It´s something we are going to have to figure out though if we want to win a championship in the Slovenian league.
How much better of a team are Helios Suns Domzale than what their Champions League record shows?
Much much better than the record shows. We have shown that we can compete with any team we go up against but just haven’t been able to close games out to get the win
The team is fifth in points allowed at 67, but 51st in points scored at 58. Is the team offensively just too limited or do you feel the club could score more? What is missing to be able to score more consistently?
I definitely feel we can score more as a team. We have been missing a couple key players during champions league due to injury and just haven’t been able to really find our rhythm as team. We also need to limit our turnovers because thats been a huge achilles heel for us.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners who beat you 61-56 earlier in the season in another crunch-time loss. What do you remember most about this loss?
Just remember how it was another game we should have closed out and will be looking to even the score back at their place
How big is your motivation to make up for your missed shots in crunch-time?
Very motivated for this game. I was really disappointed in myself that game and will look to bounce back in this one
Might you take a look back at the Den Bosch video from 2015 where you dropped 27 points and seven three´s in Frankfurt?
Haha no I won’t watch that film beforehand
Helios Suns rebounded better than Frankfurt and had less turnovers. What will be key to stealing a win in Frankfurt?
The key for us will be to control the glass and our turnovers once again. As long as we do that then we will be in a good position to come away with a win
Kwame Vaughn had 27 points. What will be key on your part to be able to contain him better?
Just to continue to put pressure on him and try to make everything difficult for him
Quantez Robertson is one of the identity figures of the German easyCredet BBL. He is just a pest on defense. Can you think of many more annoying players than him on the defensive end?
I have yet to come across a player as pesky on defense as Quantez
Recently your ex teammate at Harvard Kyle Casey was waived. How sad of a day was that for you. What will you remember most about your second tour of duty with him?
It was very unfortunate to see him have to leave here. It was great to get to be on the team with him and really enjoyed the few months we got to be teammates again. We both got to celebrate our birthdays out here together so I will remember that the most
How was Kyle Casey the teammate different in Slovenia than with Harvard(NCAA)
Kyle has always been one of the best teammates you could ask for and that hasn’t changed. He always brings energy and a lot of talk. I know he always has my back on the court when we are out there together
The Champions League season most likely will be over soon for the Helios Suns. Your stats are not as good as the ones you have produced in the Slovenian league. What do you believe do you need to do to become a more dominant player in the future in a high international club competition?
I just need to keep steadily improving in all areas and I have no doubt I will become a dominant player on the international scene in the near future. I haven´t played as well as I wanted to in champions league but its been a great learning experience for me. I know I have what it takes but I still have to keep working hard to improve my game.
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?
It´s probably in the top 5 for me in terms of games I’ve witnessed firsthand. It was absolutely amazing and I think they should have left him in to see if he could hit 80 like Kobe
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?
Stats wise there is no doubt that Russ is the best in the world. Its absoltely unbelievable what he is doing right now and I hope he finishes the season averaging a triple double
What was your most memorable Christmas experience in North Carolina when you were a kid?
My favorite memory was my very first Christmas when we moved to North Carolina and it was 55 degrees Fahrenheit outside. I hate the snow and cold weather so it was heaven for me to have that weather on Christmas
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Brandyn for the chat.