Big Sky MVP Berry hopes to impress in NBA draft workouts

Saturday , May 31, 2014 - 4:22 PM

By ROY BURTON
Standard-Examiner staff

Weber State basketball fans watched what Davion Berry did as the Big Sky Conference MVP. Now he wants to impress another audience: NBA scouts and executives.

The 6-foot-4 guard/forward from Oakland, Calif., has already made the most of his chances to be seen since ending his basketball career at Weber State. He scored a game-high 15 points to lead the West team at the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four in April. Next, Berry averaged 14 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three games at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a showcase for college seniors.

The next few weeks will be important as Berry looks forward to the June 26 NBA Draft.

Tuesday, he’ll work out for the Chicago Bulls, then Thursday he’ll be back in Utah to work out for the Jazz.

Then he has the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards lined up for more workouts, he said.

All of his efforts are directed toward the goal of hearing his name called in the 2014 NBA Draft.

“I feel like anything could happen. I feel like I definitely have a chance. I just have to sell myself in these workouts,” he said.

“It would just be an honor and a blessing to get picked up by any NBA team; like a dream come true.”

If he doesn’t hear his name on draft night, Berry is confident he’ll have a chance to play on an NBA summer league team and try to get invited to a training camp. “I know nothing’s going to come handed to me, so I’m ready to do whatever it takes to put myself in position where I’ll be successful.”

In two seasons with Weber State after transferring from Division II Cal State Monterey Bay, Berry became the 15th leading scorer in school history (1,160 points) and averaged 19.2 points per game as a senior, leading the Wildcats to a Big Sky championship and the NCAA Tournament.

After school ended, Berry signed with the Octagon sports agency, which hosted a workout for NBA scouts and coaches in Los Angeles, and he’s also spent time training in Del Rey Beach, Fla., as well as in Ogden.

Berry says NBA scouts like his game, but they have offered suggestions.

“One thing they said I’ve got to do is play lower, don’t dribble too high, stay in my defensive stance,” Berry said. “I just need to continue to keep doing what I’ve been doing, what got me here, (then) take what people tell with me and run with it.”

The College All-Star Game and especially the Portsmouth Invitational have already helped Berry draw more attention from NBA teams, he said. “I think people have heard of me but they didn’t know I was that good to get NBA workouts, for people to stop overlooking me and really see that I’m a talented basketball player and I can play with anybody on any level.”

Drafted or not, Berry should get a chance to prove that this summer.

He’ll have his hometown cheering him on.

“Everybody wants me to make it,” he said. “That’s how Oakland is, when one of us gets a chance to make it, everybody is just cheering back at home. Everybody wants everybody to win. There’s not too many people from Oakland get this opportunity, so I’ve got to take advantage of it.”

Berry is also grateful for the support of his college town.

“Ogden and Weber State in general have treated me good, so I’m always going to want to come back and show some love back to where people have showed me love here. That’s the type of person I am.”

Contact reporter Roy Burton at rburton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @RoyBurtonSE.

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