Micah Downs Trims List; Likes Duke

It's been a hectic two weeks for Seattle standout wing Micah Downs, but things appear to be settling down as the 6-foot-8 shooting guard has begun to move forward in the recruiting process by trimming his list from many to an elite three. Thanks to serious recent interest, the Blue Devils have made the cut.

"I met with a lot of schools last week, but after thinking about it all I decided that I was going to move forward and cut my list to three finalists," said Micah Downs. "I think those three are the best of the group for me."

Those three finalists include the Kansas Jayhawks, Gonzaga Zags, and the Duke Blue Devils, all of whom sent coaches to Bothell High to meet with Downs during the contact and evaluation period.

Before trimming his list, Downs was getting serious interest from a large number of programs including Michigan State, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State, and Texas.

At 6-foot-8 and 190 pounds, Downs burst onto the national scene in early April at the Boo Williams Invitational where he wowed those in attendance with his overall game. That game has been compared to a number of former players, though two stick out in Downs' mind.

"People tell me I play a lot like Tayshaun Prince and Mike Dunleavy," said Downs. "Mainly because I'm pretty tall but can step out and knock down the perimeter jump shot. I'm pretty deceptive in that respect. People see a big tall kid who plays like a guard, and who is kind of quick."

While his primary game centers around playing the wing, Downs admits he's not afraid to play in the post for his high school team where he posted junior season stats of 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks per game for Bothell.

"I need to get stronger to be able to do that at the next level. I'm a good rebounder, but I know I need to bulk up for the next level and I need to work on my defense. I have to play inside more for my high school team because we don't have a lot of size. I usually start inside and take my man outside."

While he knows what he needs to work on, Downs also knows his strengths and tries to play to them as much as he can.

"I think I'm probably best off the dribble, though I've got range out to the pro distance. I work on my jump shot all the time, and that has paid off though I can always get better."

While Kansas is considered the early leaders for Downs, he admits that he's intrigued by the Duke coaching staff's heavy interest and is looking forward to meeting with Coach K.

"Coach Wojo was here and he talked to me about their interest. They didn't know about me until the Boo Williams tournament, but then the word kind of got out. He said that he knew I could help their program out a lot and that they were going to keep watching me closely."

Downs also touched on what makes the Blue Devils so appealing to a top national talent.

"They are just a great program with great tradition. I mean they are always on television and in the big time elite of college basketball. If I went to Duke I know I'd get the most national exposure, which would help get my name out there to the NBA when that time comes down the road."

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