The No. 137 ranked player in the class of 2005 Devan Downey has had an impressive start to the AAU season with the South Carolina Ravens. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound point guard from Chester (S.C.) High School plays with a lot of heart and has two SEC offers to show for it.
"My favorites right now are Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, and Cincinnati,” said Downey. “I've received offers from Tennessee and South Carolina, but I’m still wide open. I want to continue to play well this summer and raise my stock."
Downey, who will play in the NBA Players Camp, the Nike Camp, and the Peach Jam, would like to take all five of his visits, but with his busy schedule, he will not be able to take them until the fall.
One item Downey will take a close look at when analyzing his school choices is the depth chart.
"I want to start by my sophomore year,” he said. “I don't want to go to a school and sit the bench and not play until my senior year. I’m a competitive person and want to play."
Right now the ultra-quick Downey is working to add more strength to his speed and to hone his skills with the ball.
"I’m working hard in the weight room,” he said. “I know I need to get stronger before I get to college. I’m in the gym everyday working on my game. I don't play a lot of pickup ball. I try to focus on individual drills."
Although much smaller than most of his opponents, Downey has no problem creating shots off the dribble. He might be one of the quickest guards in the country, and he shoots the ball as well off the dribble as he does off the pass. When the shot is not there, he knows how to hit the open man.
Defensively, he plays with a lot of heart, and he can give taller players fits by getting up under them when they have the ball.
Downey has a 2.6 GPA and will take the SAT this weekend.