Brandon Davies Was Named EuroLeague MVP For Month Of April 2018
Davies has the opportunity to lead Zalgiris Kaunas to heights they haven’t seen in decades.
Davies & Zalgiris play in the EuroLeague Final Four on May 18th
Former BYU basketball star Brandon Davies has been on a tear in Lithuania. Davies has led Zagiris Kaunas to their first appearance in the EuroLeague Final Four since the 1990’s.
On Monday, Davies was rewarded for his excellent play by being named the EuroLeague’s Player of the Month in April. Here’s the announcement from the EuroLeague press release:
What a month it was for Zalgiris Kaunas big man Brandon Davies! First, in the regular season finale, he had what was his finest Turkish Airlines EuroLeague performance until then.
Next, before the playoffs started, he committed his future to Zalgiris by signing a contract extension through 2020. Then, Davies simply erupted in the playoffs to lead Zalgiris to a 3-1 series win over Olympiacos Piraeus and the club’s first Final Four berth this century.
For his dominance in helping Zalgiris march to the Final Four despite lacking home-court advantage and experience in the playoffs, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that Davies is the competition’s MVP for April. Playing against only Olympiacos in April – in the regular season finale and four playoff games – Davies lifted his game to new heights.
Incredibly, the rookie center posted nine season highs as Zalgiris won four of those five games. Davies averaged a performance index rating of 20.6 in April, fourth-best in the competition, while his 17.2 points per game ranked sixth among all EuroLeague players. He also led the EuroLeague Playoffs with 1.3 blocked shots per game.
Indeed, when April was over, Davis had more than doubled his scoring and quadrupled his blocks averages as compared to his first 29 games, and in so doing, assured Zalgiris could reach its historic Final Four return.
Davies hopped on Cougar Sports with Ben Criddle last Friday to discuss this historic run he and his Zalgiris teammates are currently experiencing, and Davies said this has been the most entertaining stretch of his basketball career.
Here’s the full interview: