Micah Downs: Media Clips

Press clippings on the Kansas SF target out of Bothell, Wash.

Micah Downs profile

(04.13.04) Downs' stock is going up -- way up. The talented wing, who's been compared to Mike Dunleavy and Brent Barry, is rocketing up the rankings and is a sure-fire big-timer among rising seniors. He is very fluid with and without the ball, has good body control on drives (can reverse finish under big men) and is a capable three-point shooter. He's a true wing with excellent size and good athleticism.
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(03.10.04) The 6-8 forward earned first-team KingCo 4A honors in his first season at Bothell, averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. Downs credits his parents for pushing him in the right direction growing up while always supporting his athletic endeavors. Downs admits he struggled last year while playing in Montana, but said his game flourished within the unselfish play of the Cougars.

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(02.25.04) Garfield led 51-40 on a Tompson free throw with 5:55 remaining, but the closest Bothell could get was 51-46, and later 53-48 after a pair of free throws from junior Micah Downs.

"We couldn't get over that hill," said Downs, who worked for all of his 20 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. "They were playing really tough. They were banging. We just couldn't get anything to fall."

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(02.12.04) Bothell's Micah Downs, a highly recruited 6-foot-8 junior guard, finished with 16 points (three under his 19-point average), but he had a game-high 14 rebounds.

"It was quiet one (for Downs)," Bollinger said. "But for nine guys out of 10 that's a tremendous game. He did it within the team framework tonight and it really helped the whole team."

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(02.03.04) It didn't take long for the college recruiters to find Micah Downs. He has been in town only eight months, having returned to his native Washington after a nomadic childhood that has included stops in Missouri, Nevada and Montana. But that's what happens when you're 17, stand 6 feet 8 with an 83-inch wing span and have the ability to play any position on the floor: They find you. Programs like Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA and Connecticut find you.

"It's kind of like a dream that's coming true," said Downs, a junior.

A recent practice had just ended and Downs was leaning against a wall in the gymnasium, retracing the journey that has brought him to this point and cradling the weathered basketball that has become his constant companion.

In 8-1/2 weeks, he has gone from a little-known transfer to a KingCo 4A most valuable player candidate. He averages double-digit points (19.5) and rebounds (12.7) for the 10th-ranked Cougars (13-3 overall, 7-3 conference), who have won three straight entering tonight's game at Inglemoor.

"He has a good all-around game," said Roosevelt coach Rob Sarmiento. "He's a very balanced player." From shooting to rebounding, inside and out, it's a balance that has been years in the making.

The day he was born, his father bought him a little rubber basketball from the gift shop at Auburn Regional Medical Center. A few years later, Downs was shooting his first jump shots at a toy rim hung on the back of a chair. Growing up, he played everywhere he could, and everywhere he went. From Puxico, Mo., where the family moved when his grandmother fell ill with a brain tumor, to Henderson, Nev., where his dad, a carpenter, landed a good job in construction, to Butte, Mont., where the family relocated again to be closer to an ailing relative. Three states, four years, same game.

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(02.04.04) Bothell junior Micah Downs pumped in 21 points, including 14 in the first half, and contributed seven rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and four steals. But his team's offense wasn't a concern. "We've got to play defense," Bothell coach Ron Bollinger said.

Downs agreed, as Inglemoor's penetrate-and-kick worked almost all game long. "I really don't know what happened, but we just quit playing perimeter defense and let them penetrate," said Downs. "Maybe we thought we had the game early. Everyone, including myself, quit playing defense. I guess we thought we'd take this game. "We kind of underestimated them."

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(01.09.04) After Micah Downs missed his first five shots, he realized he needed a different focus to help his Bothell High School boys basketball team. First, it was defense. Then, passing. Then, rebounding. Then, more rebounding. By the time Downs was done, he had scored 20 points and hauled down a career-high and school-record 25 rebounds as the 11th-ranked Cougars beat No. 15 Roosevelt 66-60 with a strong second half in a KingCo 4A Mountain Division game.

"It was more of a role game for me tonight," said Downs, who also had five steals, four assists and two blocked shots despite turning the ball over nine times. "I wasn't shooting the ball a lot. I had a tough first half. My shot was off a little. I just try to play hard at the defensive end. If you play harder on defense, it brings offense."

Downs made 9 of 16 field-goal attempts and 2 of 5 free throws with assistant coaches from UCLA, Washington State and Kansas watching in the stands.

"He's just got great extension," Bothell coach Ron Bollinger said of the wiry Downs. "He just got higher than everybody. He was above everybody. He went after the ball. He's just got long arms."

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(12.13.03) It was the much-anticipated debut of Bothell's Micah Downs, but Andrew Haskins and his Lake Washington teammates stole the show.

"We know he (Haskins) has the ability to score, but we really challenged him to defend Micah, and he did an incredible job," said Terry Johnson, Lake Washington's first-year coach.

Downs, a 6-foot-8 junior transfer from Montana who is being recruited by college-basketball powers such as Kansas and Michigan State, finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds, but made only 11 of 25 shots from the field. Haskins, who will play at Cal-Poly next season, helped force Downs into eight turnovers and several tough shots.

"You should respect good players, but you should never fear them," Haskins said. "I was just playing him tough."

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