APRIL 7, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina junior Devan Downey says he
will make himself eligible for the NBA draft.
Tuesday's decision doesn't guarantee the guard is leaving the
Gamecocks early. Downey says he will not hire an agent, meaning he
can choose to return to school if he wants.
South Carolina coach Darrin Horn says he will help Downey
collect information to see how high in the draft he might be
By declaring for the draft early, Downey can work out for NBA
teams and get advice about his draft standing.
The 5-foot-9 Downey was named first team all-Southeastern
Conference this season, leading the league in steals and averaging
19.8 points a game.
The Gamecocks finished with 21 wins, just missing the NCAA
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