Brandyn Curry is a 25 year old 187cm point guard from Huntersville, North Carolina that is playing his third professional season 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 Cup game against the Fraport Skyliners.
Brandyn thanks for talking to German Hoops. Den Bosch, and Bremerhaven were your first towns that you lived in in your first two professional seasons and in your third you are in Domizal in Slovenia playing for Helios Suns Domzale (Slovenia-Liga NovaKBM). What have you learned to appreciate the most in your new surroundings in the first few months?
Well first I just appreciate and thank god that I am fortunate enough to be entering my third year as a professional basketball player. Slovenia is a really beautiful country so just been enjoying the all the sites they have here.
Erase the mountains and add all the trees does it remind you a bit of the Charlotte area in North Carolina.
Haha no even that wouldn’t make it appear close to how Charlotte is. The capital, Ljubljana, is a very nice city though and could be compared to Charlotte in some ways
After a solid rookie season in Holland and a second season to forget with Bremerhaven, what was your main focus last summer to get you best prepared for your third professional season?
My main focus this summer was just to come out of the summer as an improved player in every area, which I feel I have accomplished. I was very motivated after a tough season in Bremerhaven and just used that motivation to work harder than ever before on my game
So far everything is running smoothly in the Slovenian league as the team is 3-0, but in Champions league play your 0-2 averaging only 55 points. Is the main reason for the night and day play that the Champions League simply is a higher level?
The higher level is definitely a reason for that. The two teams we have played, Aris and Monaco, were very tough and physical teams. We don’t face teams like that in our league so its an adjustment that we have to make to come ready to elevate our play for those games. Our offense is still coming together and will only get better as we go on
In the Slovenian league, Helios Suns Domzale are the best defensive team giving up only 57 points per game. What has been the secret for getting on the same page on the defensive end so early in the season?
We pride ourselves on being a great defensive team. Our preseason was tough and we drilled our defensive concepts everyday many times so that everyone would know where they had to be in every situation. We also have players with high basketball IQ so we have been able to get on the same page pretty quickly. Still have improvements to make on defense as well though
Last season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, you didn´t have as much pressure or responsibility as you did as a rookie with Den Bosch. This season with Helios Suns Domzale (Slovenia-Liga NovaKBM) there are three Americans with you, Kyle Casey and Cory Remekun. How is the pressure and responsibility different this season than it was for you as a rookie?
To be honest I don’t think the pressure and responsibility is much different. The only difference is the pressure I put on myself. My first year I didnt know much about how basketball overseas but now I do so I have greater expectations for myself. Our main goal this year is the same as it was in Holland, which is to win a championship
How thrilled is it to be teammates with your close friend Kyle Casey again who was your teammate for four years at Harvard? Is this one of the main highlights for you with the day to day living in Slovenia on and off the court?
Man its a truly great thing to be able to team up with one of my best friends from college. Obviously when we graduated we figured it might be the last time we would play together so definitely appreciate the chance to play together again. For sure is one of the main highlights of being here
How has the game of Kyle Casey matured and improved since your senior season at Harvard?
Kyle has improved a lot since our senior year. His knowledge of the game has improved even though he was already a high IQ player at Harvard. He has always been a freak athlete but now he is even more skilled. Can tell he has been working hard at improving his game and his time with the Phoenix Suns was great for him.
What do you and Kyle Casey do better on the floor together now then you did at Harvard?
We were always good together on the court, but I think now we are even better players so make even better reads off of each other. I get a lot of open looks cutting to the basket and moving while he has the ball. Vice versa, I know the spots he likes to be in when I am looking to make plays so we work well together.
The team has an experienced American with Cory Remekun that also played in Germany as a rookie. How important is he for the success of the team?
Cory is a vital piece of our team. He knows the game very well, more than most centers I would say. His athleticism and presence under the basket is game changing. Its been great sharing the court with him thus far and looking forward to a big year for him
How happy are you to finally be getting minutes again. Was it difficult getting used to being really drained after games this season after really having limited minutes last season?
If anything just getting to get minutes is truly what I appreciate the most right now. Not getting to play much last year was very tough. All basketball players work tremendously hard and nobody wants to sit on the bench. I just used that time to get better though and I am just happy to be back to playing
You are the point guard that can score and set up his teammates at ease, but is your role greater or lesser with Den Bosch where it seemed like you were the number one focal point of the offense?
My role is actually pretty much the same here as it was in Den Bosch. I did not start out as the focal point. That just kind of happened later on in the season as I started playing really well and gained the confidence of my teammates and coaches.
You are playing very well in the Slovenian league. Is this a season where you could really show your skills as a playmaker?
Yes I definitely think this has the potential to be a great year where I can really show what I can do as a playmaker. We have a really good team with very skilled players and our coach has a lot of confidence in all of us. So its just up to me to go out there every night and show what I can do on both ends of the court.
Your still finding your rhythm in the Champions League play. What has been the biggest adjustment and what do you still want to improve on as the competition progresses?
Yeah have had a slow start there, but its all good the rhythm is going for both the team and myself. Honestly the biggest thing is adjusting to the “Molten” basketballs we have to play with in that league. They are crazy slippery and all teams have problems with them as the game goes on. Just something we have to get used to. I am continuing to work every day on improving my overall game and I just want to show that I can be an effective player against some of these top teams in Europe we will face.
The next opponent are the Fraport Skyliners who are 0-2 while Helios Suns Domzale (Slovenia-Liga NovaKBM) are also 0-2. This is pretty much a must win for both teams. How excited are you to be playing Frankfurt for the third consecutive season?
Im very excited to be playing the Skyliners for the third consecutive year. Its always a battle when I go against them and I am 0-4 against them in my career so still searching for that first win. No better time to get one then now when both of us are looking for that first win in Champions League
The Fraport Skyliners have made many changes and only have two experienced guys left from last season with Quantez Robertson and Mike Morrison. They are going through a tough phase still finding each other and trying to find an identity like Bremerhaven did last season. With your experience with Bremerhaven last season where the team never found an identity, do you feel as if Frankfurt will find themselves soon?
I am very excited to be playing the Skyliners for the third consecutive year. Its always a battle when I go against them and I am 0-4 against them in my career so still searching for that first win. No better time to get one then now when both of us are looking for that first win in Champions League
You are 0-4 against Frankfurt in your career. You will be highly motivated. Both teams like to defend. Will we see a grind out defensive battle?
Absolutely going to be a defensive battle. Both teams are hungry for a win and trying to find their rhythm so I am looking forward to a very intense game against them
You have played against many great players the last two seasons, but how difficult is it to forget a warrior like Quantez Robertson?
Quantez Robertson is the best defensive player I’ve come across in my career thus far. A very good overall player who plays so hard at all times and never backs down from anything. Always great to go up against him and very much looking forward to it once again
Your ex team Bremerhaven started a lot better than last season and are currently 3-3. If someone had told you a few months ago that head coach Sebastian Machowski could have success with a new put together team by him, would you have believed him?
Yeah I definitely would have believed it. Coach Machowski is a very good coach who obviously knows the game very well. He played at the highest level in Europe for many years and has coached some great clubs so he has seen everything from both perspectives. Think they put together a very good team and happy to see them playing well.
Kevin Garnett retired. Where is his legacy as one of the best power forwards of all-time?
Man KG is easily top 3 power forwards of all time!! Think if he won some rings you could argue him as the best of all time almost unanimously that is how great of a career he had
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I was saw Suicide Squad.
Thanks Brandyn for the chat.