Duke Yet to Offer Downs

Micah Downs is quickly becomming one of the hottest names on the national recruiting circuit.

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

The 6-8, 187-pound Bothell High (Seattle, Wash.) junior – who has been compared to Mike Dunleavy Jr. by numerous people – 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 jumped in the mix in the last couple of weeks and has already made its 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," Downs said. "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, 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.

``They've all offered me except for Duke," he said. "To me, the other schools are more attractive right now because they've offered me. But that could change if Duke offers me a scholarship. If they don't offer me, it's alright because I've got other good options."

The elite handful of schools he's looking at consists of Kansas, Gonzaga, Duke, Utah and Texas. The Jayhawks will be in Bothell today 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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