Prior to the game, Micah Downs commented about how excited he was for the game to start and he wasn’t disappointed once things got going.
“They’re playing pretty well and sometimes it is hard to play up to your full potential against guys who aren’t as good as you. Overall they are playing pretty well and the young guys are too,” said Downs. “I’m so excited to start playing with them after my senior year, it’s going to be real fun.”
Clad in a Paul Pierce Celtics throwback jersey and matching Air Jordans, it didn’t take much time for Kansas fans in the building to figure out who Downs and his family were. He was the recipient of lots of handshakes and obliged on several autograph requests, an experience that seemed to surprise him some.
“They’ve got some crazy fans, all these people coming all the way from Lawrence that’s pretty good,” said Downs. “That means that they really care about their team a lot.”
After being a relative unknown heading into the spring and summer, Downs has heard his fair share of skepticism about his ability. After a strong summer he is confident that he belongs among the nation’s elite players.
“I proved myself, a lot of people thought that I had talent but that I really didn’t have the heart or desire to play as hard as I did,” said Downs. “I really showed people that I could play defense pretty well and proved some people wrong.”
While he is looking forward to making his way to Lawrence next year, there is still the matter of handling business during his senior year at Juanita. He’s got some specific goals he’d like to achieve before making his way to Lawrence.
“Become a better leader so I can come in and be a leader at Kansas, or as early as I can. I’d also like to play well during my senior year and make the McDonald’s All-American game.”