Downey, Cincinnati's best guard last season, left the Bearcats seeking a transfer and in the end, could not pass up a chance to get closer to home.
"His mom only got to see him play one time at Cincinnati," Dion Bethea, Downey's AAU coach told Scout.com. "This was an opportunity for her to see him play every home game."
After sitting out a season, South Carolina will have the services of a quick point guard who can shoot it and get into the paint. As a senior in 2005, Downey was Scout.com's No. 5 rated point guard in the class.
In addition to South Carolina, he considered Mississippi and Florida.