Downey, Gamecocks Believe Big Things Ahead

Basketball fans around the country discovered last night what Gamecock fans have known for three years, that their 5'9'' point guard from Chester, SC is a special talent whose heart is bigger than perhaps any player who has ever entered Colonial Life Arena.

After South Carolina's shocking upset over the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats, one might expect all-SEC guard Devan Downey and the Gamecocks to take a small break before their next game, a Saturday home matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs.

But much like the Gamecocks fight and will to never give up against the ‘Cats, Downey assured fans that he and his team will be ready to go. "At the end of the day, tomorrow, it's going to be another ballgame," said Downey on Wednesday. "We're going to be ready for Georgia."

"You might get a little winded, you know, but your heart doesn't stop pumping," added Downey. "As long as I've got this thing right here, I'm going to be okay."

Downey has continued to drive SEC defenses mad despite the fact that Darrin Horn's team has lacked a consistent scoring threat besides him since they lost Dominique Archie and Mike Holmes. Downey is averaging 31 points in conference play, and said that he feels like he should be able to score with consistency each and every time he steps on the court.

"I always feel like that, and I feel like every player on the court should feel like that," said Downey. "I always think I'm the best player in the country, in middle school I thought I was the best player in the country. If you play this game, you should think you're the best player in the country."

There has been a great deal of speculation on what Downey's future holds. Some think he is too short to be a scorer in the NBA, while others believe that with his heart and determination, he will be able to make it in the pros.

"I can't control what people think, so there's no need for me to try to impress somebody or things like that," noted Downey. "Things like that will take care of themselves. I'm not really worried about that."

With a .500 record in the SEC and a win over the top team in the country under their belt, the Gamecocks will look to build their success into a possible NCAA tournament run. According to Downey, Coach Horn and the rest of his teammates will continue to believe that there are nothing but big things in store for this basketball team.

"We always believe," asserted Downey. "People on the outside always have their opinions, but we always believe that we're a good ball team."

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