Will Buzz Get The Point?

Tennessee made a favorable impression with the nation's No. 7 rated point guard prospect but this high profile recruiting contest is still in the first quarter.

Devan Downey, a 5-foot-10 back court ace, out of Chester, S.C., who averaged 27 points per game as a junior, still has official visits to take to Maryland (Sept. 3), Arkansas (Sept. 10), Cincinnati (Sept. 17), and Miami (Sept. 24), but at least the Vols won't being playing catch up. He credited with Tennessee with recruiting him "the hardest" among his current list of contenders and wasn't disappointed by his first up-close look of the campus.

"It was pretty because I liked how the campus was calm," Downey told The Insiders Dave Telep. "It wasn't overcrowded or anything. It met my expectations."

Rated the nation's No. 38 prospect in the Class of 2005, Downey had an outstanding summer playing AAU ball for the South Carolina Ravens. He is planning to sign in November and sees UT as a program on the rise that can offer an early playing time.

"They got a couple good recruits the year before so I could see that the program was on the rise," Downey said of the Vols. "I still have got to see my other places and I think [the visit] really helped them."

Downey is a prospect on the rise. He wasn't listed as part of The Insider's original top 100 but landed in the upper half of the nation's elite after showing well at the NBAPA camp held at Virginia Commonwealth this summer.

"There are times when you are wrong and it's during those times when you have to admit your mistakes," Telep wrote after seeing Downey play. "Leaving Downey out of our current Top 100 was an oversight. Here at camp, he's been terrific. In one game, he had 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He's fast, defends and despite his size, is a high-major guard and he did it all day long on Monday."

Downey is the highest rated point guard on UT's board and appears to be a good fit for the Vols.

"I want to go somewhere where I'm wanted and needed," Downey said. "I don't want to go somewhere because I'm a good player; I want to help the program.

"I don't want to go nowhere that has a whole lot of guards. I don't want a place that has two or three point guards or four guards that can play the point."

Having too many point guards has never been a problem at Tennessee.


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