Kudos to Aggies; I’m lovin’ my new home

March 26, 2018

Throughout his first year in France as a professional basketball player, former UC Davis standout Brynton Lemar has shared his experiences, both on and off the court, as a guest columnist for the Davis Enterprise. 

In his latest entry, the Aggie alum talks about his experience switching from one team to another, and gives some love to both UC Davis basketball squads for their successful seasons and postseason appearances.

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Davis! How are you?

Hope all is well, there’s a lot to catch up on!

First and foremost I want to give a huge congratulations to the UC Davis men’s and women’s basketball teams for winning the Big West Conference.

It feels so great to see your legacy of winning being continued, not only by the men but also by the woman’s team. The culture of these two teams has not changed at all.

I’m extremely proud of everything they have accomplished and I know the feeling is mutual with the Davis community.

Winning a collegiate basketball game is never easy, but seeing both teams excel and making to their respective postseason tournament is something special. Glad to see my second home is doing well.

My heart goes out to the men. Those season-ending losses were hard to take, but the courage shown despite the loss of a key player … My former teammates were warriors.

On my side of the world there has been a lot of change.

For starters, I decided to change teams for a better fit basketball-wise.

I’m thankful for everything Sluc Nancy has given me, but I felt it was necessary for me to step into a more prominent role as a player. I’m currently playing in Caen, France, which is in the same league as Nancy. This city and team have been truly welcoming.

The city is located right across the Channel from England, just off the coast of North France. Caen is the port city and capital of the Calvados Department in the Normandy region. Its center features the Château de Caen, a circa-1060 castle built by William the Conqueror.

The architecture is incredible. Beautiful landscape and an old medieval feel. I’m also very excited, because there are historic beaches here — beaches that echo the heroics of D-Day, but now provide getaways for residents of the region and the many visitors. (For relaxation and recreation, however, nothing can compare to the beaches back home in San Diego. Still, this reminds me of home.)

Caen’s basketball team is coming off a championship season from National 1.

We are currently sitting in the middle pack and primed to make big push for a playoff spot. I’m so grateful to be a part of this organization and looking forward to do anything and everything I can to help this team win games. 

Outside of basketball, I’ve been feeling a little homesick, but I know I have to finish strong.

As I told you in my last diary entry, I’ve learned a lot of lessons throughout this year.

As the season unwinds I find it particularly important to be able to celebrate your small victories. Whether it’s learning new moves or simply swishing five 3-pointers in a row, you must appreciate every moment.

The season is long and there are many ups and downs, but I’ve enjoyed the blessings in my life. It has elevated my mentality. I’m proud of myself for continuing to get better and grinding it out all year long.

Although, I haven’t been to the United States since August of last year, living on my own in a new country for this long has been challenging — and very rewarding. I’m just blessed to have this opportunity and I will never take it for granted.

So that’s it for me on this side.

I hope everyone in Davis, or wherever you are reading this, will continue to push through. It has been a great couple of months in the New Year and I pray that these upcoming months are even better than these last couple of months.

Signing out from Normandy. One Love everybody.