Micah Down-ing the Competition

Micah Downs sat and watched a year ago after moving back to Seattle. He looked at all the attention Friends of Hoop teammate Martell Webster was getting and wondered if that would ever happen to him. Well, wonder no more as Downs has turned into one of the hottest commodities around.

Everything has happened so quickly for Micah Downs, but he's used to change.

The 6-8, 187-pound Bothell High (Seattle, Wash.) junior was born in Seattle, but made stops in Missouri, Montana and Las Vegas before returning to the Pacific Northwest.

Washington, Kansas, Washington State and a few other schools have been on him for a while now, but Duke and Texas have jumped in the mix in the last couple of weeks and already made their way into his top five.

Downs is long and deceptive. He can really knock down the outside shot and handle the ball on the perimeter, but he's also versatile enough to take the ball to the basket.

``I was watching Tayshaun Prince the other day and I think I play a lot like him," said Downs, who has been compared to guys like Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Brent Barry. "The way he runs the floor, shoots jumpers and blocks shots. I'd compare myself to a right-handed version of him maybe."

Not unlike Prince, Downs will have to bulk up – and also work on his defense.

In addition to the Blue Devils and Texas, Gonzaga, Michigan State, UCLA, UConn and Utah have also jumped into the mix of late. Literally, Downs has collected scholarship offers from all but one school – Duke.

The elite handful of schools he's looking at consists of Kansas, Gonzaga, Duke, Utah and Texas. The Jayhawks were in Bothell yesterday and Texas is scheduled to come in on Friday. The Utes came in on Tuesday and offered Downs.

``I'd like to get this done soon, but with all the schools coming in it might take awhile," Downs added. "I'm not too worried about it, but it is getting a little stressful."

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