MISSOULA, Mont. - Former Montana Grizzly basketball star Brian Qvale just finished up his third year playing overseas. The 6'11" center says this year playing for Bayreuth, Germany was by far his best season as a professional player. Qvale averaged over 13 points and six rebounds per game.
"I felt like I had a good idea of what was going on and had the ability to be a big point for my team at the center position with the screen and roll," said Qvale. "Maybe I'm just getting used to the European game, but I felt good about the way I played this season."
Besides his big season on the court, it was also a big year in his life. Brian and his wife Misty, who also played basketball for the University of Montana, had their first child: a baby girl named Linnea. The Williston, North Dakota native said that was certainly a unique experience.
"Our daughter was born in December over there. It was a great experience. The midwife that was working with Misty did not speak very good English, she was still great though. We used hand signals, we figured it out and everything went great," recalled Qvale. "We felt everything went perfectly comfortable over there and everything went well. It was a great experience."
Soon after returning back to Montana for the off-season, Qvale got an NBA opportunity as he was invited to camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first week of June. He was not the only former Griz star at the camp, though.
"Will Cherry was also there with me, he was on a different team though. I thought things went really well," said Qvale. "I blocked shots, rebounded, got some and-ones, tough hook shots. I tried my best to work harder than everyone. Overall it's a good experience even if nothing comes from it; we'll see what they say though."
Qvale has not heard back from the Cavaliers within the past month, but he is confident he will sign a new contract to hopefully go back to Europe this next season as he continues to climb through the ranks of overseas hoops.
"If Cleveland calls that would be great, if any NBA team calls that would be great, but Germany is a really talented, great league. Everything I could ask for, to be able to play basketball and to be able to be successful is the dream that I've always kind of envisioned and I'm right in the middle of living it right now."