Downs Home for the 4th

A busy Micah Downs reflects on his decision to attend Kansas and on his hectic hoops schedule this summer.

Kansas fans were delighted a month and a half ago when Bothell, Washington's Micah Downs announced he had elected to head east to KU.  The 2005 product has no regrets regarding his college decision.

"I'm real happy with my selection, and I don't think I'd do anything over again, said Downs.

The 6'7" small forward will enjoy his first weekend at home in over a month during the 4th of July.  He's been touring the country while playing basketball since late May.

Downs hasn't had any real time thus far to enjoy his summer.

"Playing ball has been keeping me busy.  My summer really has been mostly basketball."

Stops along the way thus far have included AAU trips to the Boo Williams tourney in Virginia and the Memorial Day Classic in New Orleans.  Downs has also showed off his skills at the NBAPA camp, and the USA Youth Basketball Festival which occurred this past weekend in Colorado Springs.   

Downs has had some opportunities to hoop it up with his future KU teammate, point guard Mario Chalmers from Anchorage, Alaska.

"We played real well together at the NBA camp.  It's good to know that I have a point guard who can create like that."

Downs describes what kind of guy Chalmers is on and off the floor.

"He's a good kid.  There's sometimes when he's quiet and sometimes when he gets rowdy and is outgoing.  Those can all be good qualities when you get out on the floor as a point guard."

The coaching staff at Kansas has been keeping some close tabs on Downs.

"I talked to Coach (Joe) Dooley on Monday (6/28), and I've talked to Coach Self a couple of times when I've been at the camps.  They seem real excited about my senior season, and during the summertime next year when I'll be getting ready to play with them." 

Downs seems anxious about heading to Lawrence and playing at Allen Fieldhouse.

"I'm looking forward to coming and playing in front of them.  They seem really into basketball, and I'm excited to show them what I can do to help the program."


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