Downey Takes New Offer into Peach Jam

South Carolina point guard Devan Downey will begin play Wednesday in the Nike Peach Jam with a new scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas on the table.

Fresh off standout performances at the NBA Development Camp and at the Nike All-America camp In Indianapolis, Devan Downey is now looking to take the Nike Peach Jam by storm.

The 5-10, 160-pound point guard, who averaged 27 points, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game for Chester (S.C) High last season, will do so with a new scholarship offer in his pocket - one from the University of Arkansas.

"They just got word to me that I had a scholarship offer there and I'm really excited about that," Downey said. "I like the program, the coaches and I am looking forward to taking a much deeper look at them."

Downey, who was initially contacted by UA assistant Ronny Thompson, has some big fans on the summer AAU circuit including Dave Telep - the national recruiting director for The Insiders network.

Telep has him ranked as the 38th best player nationally in the Class of 2005.

"Arkansas really likes him," Telep said. "He is just a tough dude. If you get past the part that he is just 5-10, you realize he can just play. He is one my favorites in this class."

Downey already had scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Tennessee, South Carolina , UMass, Clemson and Miami before the Razorbacks jumped into the fray.

"The only place I have taken a visit to Tennessee and it was nice, but I am not about to make a decision on one place just because it was nice," Downey said. "I am going to do my homework and research on all these schools. Basically you can say I am just getting started with the recruiting process and everybody has a chance with me right now."

Downey led Chester to a 20-8 mark this season and into the state championship game before losing to J.L. Mann 59-45 in the finals.

"We had a great year, but just didn't get it done in the final game," Downey said. "I wanted to win, but we had such a great run that I can't be disappointed. We left it on the floor and I feel like I brought my "A" game every time and that's all you can ask."

Downey's South Carolina Ravens AAU squad starts play Wednesday in the Peach Jam against the Houston Hoops.

"They've got some nice guards and it will be a challenge that I hope that the team and myself can meet," Downey said. "We've been playing very well lately and I think my game has been strong."

The Ravens will end the year with the AAU 17-and-under national championship in Orlando.

"I want to try to lead us as far as I can," Downey said. "Then I'll start thinking about this schools and what might be best for my future."


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