45, 31, 49, 48, 28 and now 53. That is the amount of points put up by Cincinnati bound point guard Devan Downey in each of his games this season. On Tuesday night, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Chester (S.C.) High School product had a career high, helped his team to a huge win and joined an elite group of players in the Palmetto State.
Downey dropped a career high 53 points against Lancaster High School and helped his Chester team get the 75-73 win on their home court. Putting up those kinds of numbers has become the norm for the mighty mite prospect. On Tuesday night, he also surpassed the 2,000 point mark. He needed 41 to get there.
No problem. To Downey, though, it's just another day at the office.
"I didn't even know I had that many," Downey admitted. "I just play and hope good things happen."
Good things are happening. The buzz surrounding the possibility of getting to the McDonald's All American game is getting better and better. In six games, Downey is averaging 42.3 points per game. Teams have been trying to do what they can to shut him down with all kinds of defensive looks but nothing seems to work.
"We just get into the transition game so they don't have a chance to back on defense," Downey said. "We go hard at them. We try to push it down their throats."
His future head coach Bob Huggins and Cincy assistant Andy Kennedy will make their first trip to a Chester game on Wednesday, Downey said. Think the future Bearcat will put on a show?
Bet on it. He gave 53 good reasons to think so on Tuesday night.