Brandon Davis is a professional basketball player who plays for the Gansos Salvajes of Mexico City in the LNBP (the highest basketball league in the country). His previous club was the Tampa Bay Rebels where he played under the coach Fernando Rojas. He is from Jacksonville, Florida and has recently arrived in Mexico.
Interview carried out by Jack Little (UK) at the Domo UIC on October the 8th, 2014.
Published in issue 39 of The Ofi Press .
1. What took you from the USA to Mexico?
I have always had the aim of playing professional basketball and when the opportunity came along, I just had to take it to the next level. What I have really liked about the Gansos is that the coach allows me to play my game and there’s a really different atmosphere to what I was used to in Florida! I have more structure here but at the same time it means a lot more work, time and dedication from me. I train 12 times a week with morning and afternoon sessions and I am really enjoying it a lot!
2. What have your first impressions of Mexico been?
I have only been here for three weeks so far and most of my time has been spent practicing and playing basketball. I have visited the mall and met some new friends. On the first night I got a shock when I went to sleep and woke up to hear some loud explosions. My friend told me that it was just fireworks and it would probably happen quite often! I was quite nervous to be honest when I first arrived as I didn’t know what to expect. Since that first night though, things have settled down a lot and I’m learning Spanish and making friends but I expect this to be a long process.
3. What has been the highest point of your career so far?
When I was at college, we won the college championships and I had the opportunity to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship.
4. What has the highlight been so far of playing with the Gansos? What do you think the team's chances are for the coming season?
What I really want is to help the team get more wins than last season and of course to get to the playoffs. I’ve been really impressed by the fans who really get behind the team. We’ve got a big fan base and there’s always a great atmosphere. I want to keep those fans happy!
5. What are your other interests outside of basketball?
I’m really a family man and I stay focused on them. They’re one of the main reasons why I play basketball; they motivate me to play.
6. Do you have any tips for youngsters wanting to make a career in international basketball?
I would say that a good work ethic is vital. It’s so important work hard at their craft and practice every day. Once you turn professional, it becomes your job and livelihood. Take it seriously!