Sunday, August 28, 2011

BYU readmits Brandon Davies, enabling him to play this year

Brandon Davies will have an opportunity to make up for the mistake that cost him the chance to play in the postseason last season and turned the rigidity of BYU's honor code into a subject of heated national debate.

BYU readmitted Davies on Friday evening three days before the first day of fall classes, making the 6-foot-9 junior eligible to compete for the Cougars during the 2011-12 season. Davies was forbidden from practicing or playing for BYU last March after he admitted to school administrators that he violated the part of the school's honor code that forbids premarital sex.

"I am excited to be back at BYU and look forward to the future," Davies said in a release from the school. "I am grateful for this opportunity."

BYU's decision to reinstate Davies gives him a chance for redemption after his dismissal derailed the Cougars' hopes of reaching a Final Four. Davies was BYU's lone interior scoring threat, so his absence left the Cougars too dependent on the perimeter tandem of Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery, leading to their elimination in the Sweet 16.

The graduation of Fredette and Emery makes another deep postseason run a long shot for BYU, but the return of Davies at least makes contending with Gonzaga, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference more realistic.

Davies started 26 games as a sophomore, averaging 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game prior to his dismissal. His presence provides BYU with a back-to-the-basket scorer to complement sweet-shooting forward Noah Hartsock and guards Charles Abouo and UCLA transfer Matt Carlino.

"Our staff and our players are pleased that Brandon has been readmitted for the fall semester," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We're excited to have him back on the team, and we look forward to a great season."

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