"I just knew that Kansas was the right place for me to go," Downs said. "You get that feeling and I just thought that Coach Self would be the best coach for me and that's pretty much how I decided."
The talented wing averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds last season. On the spring traveling team circuit, he demonstrated the ability to play multiple perimeter positions and do it with skill. A gifted passer and shot maker, Downs also plays hard at both ends. He'll debut in TheInsiders.com's pre-summer Top 15 at the end of the week.
A sense of belonging to a family brought Downs and Bill Self together. "They were just being ‘Kansas.' With the tradition and everything and Coach Self is into the family stuff, just not being a part of the basketball. He wants my family, his family and the rest of the players and coaches family to be a part of each other."