Q&A with Devan Downey


Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 12:06 a.m.

Q: You transferred from Cincinnati to your homestate, South Carolina, after the 2005-06 season. What's the best thing about being home?

A: Giving my family the opportunity to come see me play. My family doesn't have a lot of money, and it was hard for them to afford flying to my games all the time. Now, they're driving distance, and they can watch me play whenever. I never realized how important family support was until I came back.

Q: Everybody talks about the disadvantages of being short, but what's an advantage of being 5-foot-9 in the SEC?

A: Oh man, it's the speed. So many guards are 6-2, 6-3. But the lower you are to the ground, the faster you can play. This game is played so up-tempo, and it really helps to be a small guard.

Q: Did you expect Florida to be this good despite losing all five starters from last year?

A: To be honest, I didn't. But with (Nick) Calathes and (Jai) Lucas out there, they've shocked everybody. These guys are playing like veterans. They're really stepping up for their team.

Q: You'll probably see a lot of Jai Lucas when you play Florida on Wednesday. What do you think about his game?

A: I've watched a lot of video tape on him, and he's a great player. I think it's going to be an exciting matchup. We both are small. We have a lot of speed. We could shoot it, we could pass it. It's going to be exciting.

Q: Right now, you guys are toward the bottom of the SEC. What do the Gamecocks have to do to get back to the top of the conference?

A: Play hard. I think this is a good team. If we go out and just focus on basketball, and put everything else aside that's not important, we'll be back up there.

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