At BYU Football Media Day, you expect to hear athletes talking about bowl game aspirations and NFL dreams. But Kyle Van Noy was talking a completely different sport--basketball.
One of Van Noy’s best friends, Brandon Davies of the BYU men’s basketball team, is hoping to hear his name called Thursday night at the NBA draft.
“Brandon’s my guy,” Van Noy said. “It’s inspiring to see what he’s doing.”
Since being named the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational, a postseason tournament for outgoing college seniors, Davies’ NBA draft stock has risen. He has worked out for multiple teams that have shown interest in his skill set.
Davies is projected as a potential second-round pick, but Van Noy thinks he’s nailed down which team will take his friend.
“I’m going to be watching it really closely,” Van Noy said. “I’m predicting he’ll go to the Spurs.”
Van Noy was predicted to become a professional athlete himself in the 2013 NFL draft, but came back to BYU for his senior season. Now he hopes that Davies can make the biggest stage in basketball, and he can make the biggest stage in football.
“I’m proud of Brandon,” Van Noy said. “I told him last night when he got home and I picked him up from the airport that he’s a good kid, that I love him and can’t wait to see his name called and celebrate with him.”