As a result, Downs hasn't been seen much on the AAU circuit. He did play with Seattle's Friends of Hoop program last summer, but that team had an unusually large roster and Downs didn't play many minutes.
Long and lanky, with a very good outside stroke, Downs reminds some observers of a young Mike Dunleavy. We expect him to become one of the top small forward prospects in the West Coast class of 2005.
We spoke with Downs last night and asked about the schools that have been expressing interest in him. "I like Kansas right now," said Downs. "I want to play at a big D1 school and they get a lot of tv exposure. But I'm interested in everyone that's showing interest in me. Washington, Pepperdine, San Diego, Utah and Washington State have also all been showing interest."
We asked Downs if any coaches had been out to his high school to watch him work out. "Utah, Washington and Washington State have all come to my school," said Downs.
Downs said location won't be a factor in his decision. "I'm looking more at playing for a major program and getting a good education," said Downs. "Playing time isn't that big of a deal. I would like to get a little time and get some experience, but that won't be a big factor."
Downs doesn't plan on making an early decision. "I kind of want to wait so I don't miss any options," said Downs.
Downs told us that he has a 3.2 GPA and he'll take the SAT in May.