Brandyn Curry is a 26 year old 187cm point guard from Huntersville, North Carolina that recently completed his fourth professional season with Donar Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie) winning the double league and cup titles playing 37 games averaging 16.2ppg, 5.5rpg, Assists-3(5.2apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 90.1%. In the BCL, he played 6 games averaging 14.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.8apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 83.3%; and in the FIBA Europe Cup he played 18 games averaging 15.7ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-2(5.5apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 78.3%. Two seasons ago he played with Helios Suns Domzale (Slovenia-Liga NovaKBM) playing 13 games averaging 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3(5.6apg), Steals-5(1.7spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 82.1%, and in the BCL, he played 12 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 81.5%. In the 2015-2016 season he played with the he played the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL) playing 27 games averaging 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%; and in the EuroChallenge he played 12 games averaging 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%. This upcoming season he will play for ESSM Le Portel Cote d’Opale (France-ProA). He spoke to germanhoops.com earlier in the summer about basketba
Brandyn thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer vacation.
Hey Miles no problem at all. I’m currently in Charlotte NC. Summer has been great I’ve just been training in preparation for next season and I’ve recently just got engaged so its been a very eventful summer so far
The last time I interviewed you was before a Basketball Champions League game against the Fraport Skyliners in November 2016. How much has time flown by since then?
Man that seems like such a long time ago! Time really has is flying by like crazy. Cannot believe this is about to be my 5th season coming up this year
After a great rookie season in Holland, you couldn´t make the next step in Germany in the BBL, but played a solid season in Slovenia. Did you see going back to the Dutch Eredivisie as a step back? Was taking this step back difficult for your ego?
No I didn’t see it as a step back at all. After not playing a lot in the BBL and then having to come home halfway through the season in Slovenia I felt like playing for Donar Groningen was a great opportunity for me to get my career back on track. Making it to the final 4 in the fiba europe cup and winning the dutch championship was well worth it
Your 26 years old and have already won 4 titles in your professional career. Many guys haven´t won any as a professional. How blessed do you feel at the moment with how your professional career has gone?
I feel extremely blessed to be where I am in my career right now. Like you said not too many people win any titles during their entire career so I definitely do not take that for granted and I´m extremely grateful for everything thus far.
You have won all your professional titles in Holland with Den Bosh and Groningen. How much has Holland become like a second home for you now?
It is for sure a second home to me now. I have created so many great relationships with my coaches, teammates, and fans from both teams that will last a lifetime. Holland is such a great country to play basketball in and I have really enjoyed my two years there
Groningen had a superb season. Before the season started the club had won 5 titles in the last four seasons. Did you sense in the first few weeks that something special was brewing for the season? How present was that winning culture?
Yeah we could sense within the first few weeks of the season that we were on the verge of having something special as long as we stayed together. We were one basket away from defeating Estudiantes and advancing into the Basketball Champions League. After that game is when I knew we had a team that was dangerous. We had all the pieces talent wise but more importantly everyone embraced the winning culture which is extremely present at Donar
You lost only 4 games and went 8-0 in the playoffs which was a lot easier march than in your rookie season with Den Bosch where you experienced breathtaking close games. What was the secret to the success of this team? I think the overall team experience was key
The “secret” to our success was simply that we played together and really trusted each other on offense and defense. Experience was definitely a key factor for sure. We had a lot of talented veteran players who knew how to play the game the right way and were able to always execute Coach Braal’s game plan.
Let´s talk a bit about your teammates. When Jason Dourisseau was a rookie in Germany with Ludwigsburg in 2006, you weren´t even in high school yet. He came into the season having won 5 titles with Groningen and been there since they started winning titles in the 2013-2014 season. Do you feel like his leadership skills rubbed off on you that will help you in your career down the road?
Jd is an unbelievable leader and one of the best teammates I have had. He leads by example and really sets the tone for how a true professional handles business. He had a huge impact on me this past season. He always kept my confidence high all year by constantly telling me to just play my game and lead the team. I’ve enjoyed all of our convos about basketball and also life in general. I learned a great deal from Jd that I will carry with me the rest of my career
How important was it for your overall development having Teddy Gipsen in the backcourt? The guy is 11 years older than you and made a name for himself in Holland when you were a mere 13 years old and later in Germany with Paderborn and Bamberg. Was he like a big brother for you?
Teddy was definitely a big brother to me. He is another person I learned a lot from on the team. I still can’t believe that he is 11 years older than me but still moves and plays at such a high level. He has played at the top level in all of Europe and I am striving to get to where he has been. He has been a huge influence on me and I appreciate him taking me under his wing
You had so much experience around you and it didn´t end as point guard Sean Cunningham was another experienced guy. He didn´t score much, but filled up the stat sheet well and is a great defender. How did this guy effect your game on a daily basis in practice?
Man Sean is one of the best defenders I’ve come across and I was glad he was on my team this time around. I hated whenever he switched on to me in practice haha but it only made me better. He made my job so much easier this year and I definitely did not take that for granted. He always stepped up to the challenge and locked down pretty much every single tough guard we had to go against. If i’m ever picking a team he would always be one of my first picks
How special is your bond to Dutch national player Arvin Slagter? You were reunited with him again after winning with Den Bosch in 2014. How special was it having him again as a teammate?
Arv is my guy! I was so happy to team up with him again and we definitely became even closer this year. That was my workout partner, we were always in the gym after practice and on morning offs working on our game. He is another one of my favorite teammates I’ve shared the court with. Tremendous basketball IQ and one of the best shooters around. Its been a pleasure getting to win two championships with him. His career speaks for itself, he is just a winner.
Let´s talk a bit about your game. After having a solid season with Helios Suns Domzale (Slovenia-Liga NovaKBM) playing13 games averaging 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3(5.6apg), Steals-5(1.7spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 82.1%; and playing 12 BCL games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 81.5%. Did you feel some pressure going back to the Dutch league and having to find back to your great form from your rookie season with Den Bosch?
I definitely knew the expectations were high not only for me but for the team as a whole. As we talked about before there is big winning culture in Donar and the club is very ambitious. I was replacing a very good player in Lance Jeter, someone who has bought many titles to the team so I had to come in ready. It was good I already had some notoriety from my rookie season in Den Bosch but honestly that didn´t mean much once the season started.
You had a great season with Donar Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 37 games averaging 16.2ppg, 5.5rpg, Assists-3(5.2apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 90.1%; BCL: 6 games: 14.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.8apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 83.3%; In the FIBA Europe Cup you played 18 games averaging 15.7ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-2(5.5apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 78.3%. Your stats were pretty much identical to what you did with Den Bosch. But you had a lot more talent with Groningen than with Den Bosch. How do you rate your personal play considering you had so many more scoring options last season, but were still able to put up huge stats which isn´t always self evident on top teams?
I think personally this was for sure my best season I’ve had thus far as a professional. I had a very great team around me and coach Baal really let me play my game. My teammates constantly told me to keep being aggressive and they really had my back all year long which was huge for me because as a point guard I care about how my teammates feel and everything. That a long with the fact I had so many weapons around me offensively and defensively just made it easy for me to do what I do every game.
How do you feel has your game developed further over the last four seasons? How is Brandyn Curry better today than after his rookie season in 2015 with Den Bosch?
I really feel like I’ve come a long way in these four years. I´m better in every area of the game without a doubt. Every year I’m seeing new things I need to improve on thanks to my coaches and teammates I’ve had. I have been consistent with the work I’m putting in and slowly but surely I’m starting to see the results. Still have much work to do and a long way to go as a player but I’m headed in the right direction.
This season you will play for ESSM Le Portel Cote d’Opale (France-ProA,). How excited are you with making another step in your career and playing in the France Pro A?
I´m very excited for this opportunity to suit up for ESSM Le Portel and play in the French League. I love how strong the league is and I know every night is going to be a battle. I know playing against this type of competition everyday will make me a much better player. Looking forward to the challenges ahead
ESSM Le Portel Cote d’Opale (France-ProA) moved from the third division to the France Pro B in 2007 where it played nine seasons. It moved up to the France Pro A in 2017 and last season finished in 11th place. What were the main reasons for choosing this team? Possibly it being a big challenge not playing for a top team and once again feeling the need to prove your self like with Bremerhaven?
A big reason for me choosing this team was that I had a chance to matchup with them twice. I had a really good game the first time and one of my worst games the second time around so they really had a good idea of the type of player I was. The coaches have a good idea of my strengths and I think I can do really well in their system like some of the guards that have played before them. I also love the fact we are not considered a “top team” just like Bremerhaven and I look forward to going to battle every night with my new teammates I will meet here shortly
The France Pro A is a top league in Europe comparable to the German BBL. How do you feel will you be better prepared for this challenge than three years ago with Bremerhaven where you never got a fair chance?
I have a much better idea of difference between leagues now than I did as a rookie. I didn´t really know what I was getting myself into when I went into the BBL and I also was not in the best situation playing time wise. It was a great learning experience for me though. I´m much more prepared this time around and also I’m simply a better player then I was going into Bremerhaven
When looking at the roster, you will be teammates with Moses Ehambe who played in Bremerhaven the season before you came. He has been considered to be one of the best shooters in the world. Will you be hanging around him more after practicing asking for added shooting tips?
I’ve heard great things about Moses from some of the people who have either played with him or against him. I definitely look forward to playing with him this season and you can bet I will be trying to learn everything I possibly can from a proven vet like himself.
You will be turning 27 in October. Do you feel like your are reaching your prime or is it still ahead of you?
I feel like my prime is still ahead of me but I’m closing in on it. Like I said before I’ve already come a long way in these 4 years but I’m so excited for the levels I’m about to reach because I´m just scratching the surface of where I can be in my opinion
The France Pro A is a very competitive league that presents great guards. Are you confident with your experience and title experience that this is the season that you can be an impact player in a top league?
I´m certainly confident that I can be an impact player in a top league. I love the fact that I will matchup with so many great guards and that will only make me better
How does a summer work out session look like for you in 2018? On what things will you be working on most this summer?
I do all my basketball workouts in the morning and then I do my lifting/running in the evenings 5-6 days a week. Im really working on my explosiveness, ball handling, and defensive footwork this summer in preparation for this upcoming season
You also have been focusing on things off the court. Talk a little about your affiliation with X vs O sports?
So I got introduced to X vs O Sports by Wendell Maxey. He helped me write my blogs I used to write my first couple seasons. They take any big play in any sport and re-create it using the classic Xs and Os format that coaches used to draw up plays on the clipboard. It’s a very cool concept and the shirts look great. They wanted to do a three part series for me for 3 different plays from when I was in high school, at Harvard, and this past season in Holland. Definitely check them out! https://xvsosports.myshopify.com/pages/about-xvsosports
If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick old or new?
I would pick some new and some old ha but mine would be Lebron, Jordan, Shaq, Kareem
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate about who is better Lebron or Jordan? As a player and stats Lebron owned him, but Jordan has 6 rings?
I am a huge Lebron fan and in MY OPINION Lebron is definitely a better player than Jordan. However, I feel like because of his final record and number of championships thus far he will never win the debate over Jordan with who is the Greatest of All Time.
Tracy Mcgrady said that the Boston Celtics will be the Golden State Warriors of the future. Do you see that happening?
I agree I think what the Celtics are building over there will be something special indeed if everyone is able to stay healthy. With Lebron headed out West they will definitely be the powerhouse of the East for these next few years
Deandre Ayton was the #1 NBA draft pick in 2018. But having been in Europe this season you must of seen some highlights of Real Madrid´s 19 year old stand out Luca Doncic who belonged to the best players in the Euroleague. Should a guy like that be the automatic #1 pick just from sheer experience and talent?
No I don’t think he should have been an automatic #1 and I think the first couple picks went how they should have. Doncic is a special player and I think he will be great in the NBA but its hard to not chose Ayton as your top pick. Will be interesting to see how their careers go
Lebron James makes amazing passes in every game, but really showcased it in a game this season against the Los Angeles Lakers. He already is like a point guard, but if he played just point guard and concentrated only on playmaking how many assists do you feel would he average per game?
He easily could break all the assist records including most in a game and most averaged per game in a season if that´s what he solely concentrated on. It´s really unbelievable the court vision he has and people take for granted that part of his game sometimes.
What was the last movie that you saw? Let me guess Black Panther?
Lol no but close. the latest Avengers movie was the last one!
Thanks Brandyn for the chat.