Downey to visit UT

One of the South's premier point guards will be visiting the University of Tennessee this month.

Devan Downey is a 5-10, 160-pounder who starred as a junior at Chester (S.C.) High last winter. He guided his team to the 2004 state finals, where it lost to J.L Mann.

Downey will visit five campuses in the coming weeks, then cast his lot with someone during the early signing period in November.

First up is Tennessee (Aug. 27-29). Maryland (Sept. 3-5) gets the second visit, followed by Arkansas (Sept. 10-12) , Cincinnati (Sept. 17-19) and Miami (Sept. 24-26). The homestate South Carolina Gamecocks remain in the picture, as well.

''I really am going to be looking at this thing from a basketball standpoint because I think at all of those schools I could get a great education," Downey told Dudley E. Dawson of ''It will be just about what is the best situation for me.''

Downey, rated the No. 7 point guard and the No. 38 overall prospect in America by The Insiders, averaged 27 points, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 2003-04.

After a strong summer showing with the South Carolina Ravens in AAU play, he's ready to focus on picking a college.

''I think the summer went well and now I can start concentrating a little bit on this recruiting,'' Downey said. ''They are all great schools.''

Tennessee's current point guard, C.J. Watson, will be a senior in 2005-06 -- the first year Downey would be eligible for college competition. The Vols' backup point guard is Dane Bradshaw, who played some as a true freshman last winter.

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