In a much-anticipated rematch with Lancaster High School this past weekend, Devan Downey only scored 31 points. Most players, most teams, most fans would be satisfied with the leading scorer scoring 31 points (although in a losing effort, 76-67).
But, not when the Chester, SC. star scored 50 points in the first game against Lancaster.
For the season, Downey is averaging just below 35 points a game. After eight games, Downey was averaging 43 points per contest, but teams have committed to stopping him no matter what it takes.
The scoring onslaught further illustrates that perhaps this talented point guard, ranked 7th nationally by Scout.com, is ready for a new challenge on his Chester High School team (now 8-6 on the season).
"I'm definitely ready," Downey described of his eagerness to jump to the college game. "I want to be a freshman that comes in and is the thing. I think I will play hard, and I'll do well (at the next level)."
Aside from the obvious comparison in confidence to another scoring point guard—Allen Iverson, Downey draws favorable comparisons to Iverson on the court as well.
Although no one, including Downey, could replicate the deadly crossover that Iverson possesses, at 5-9 and 165 pounds, Downey thrives with the ball in his hand and making plays.
Iversonesque? How ironic.
"My favorite player is probably Allen Iverson," Downey remarked. "I am a guy who scores a lot, but also can get my teammates involved and pass the ball well."
As a verbal commitment since this past fall to the Cincinnati Bearcats, Downey has focused his game on working on the little things.
However, Downey reminisced a little about the decision-making process in choosing the Bearcats.
"It came down to Cincinnati and Tennessee," Downey recalled. "(I visited) in September. I really liked the atmosphere. The campus is kind of laid back and I really liked that."
"Really, I just like the fact that they run the fast break and use the press. Coach (Bob) Huggins has had a lot of success with his guards, and I think I'll do well in that system," Downey added.
One of the challenges that Downey has faced (but not bothered him), has been his size.
Standing only 5-9, Downey will be a lot smaller than most college guards. But Downey expects to do more than just compensate for it.
"I really think my heart makes up for my size," he said. "Because of how hard I play and how hard I work, I can stand up to other guards. I don't have a problem guarding them."
One may wonder how high aspirations Coach Huggins has for his young prodigy for next season and beyond.
But at least for now, Huggins is asking only one thing of Downey.
"He just wants me to come in and compete," Downey said. "He wants me to work hard and give it all I've got."
There's little doubt Downey will come in as a freshman for Cincinnati and do just that—compete.
Since Downey is always looking for new challenges, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Downey could compete for a starting position. That's a little further down the road, however.
For now, Downey must maneuver around the obstacles that currently lie in front of him. After all, he's only scoring 31 points these days.
Someone get him a new challenge.