Downey Given Release to Explore Options

April 2, 2006

CINCINNATI, Ohio - University of Cincinnati freshman Devan Downey has been granted a release to explore options of transferring from UC, head coach Mick Cronin announced.

The action, in response to a request by Downey, allows the 5-10 point guard to talk with other schools about transferring.

"Devan indicated to me in our first telephone conversation that his family wanted him to have options regarding his future," stated Cronin, who became UC's new head coach on Mar. 23. "Devan has conveyed to me that he has not made any decisions, only that he wanted to have options. We are communicating daily and will continue to do so. Obviously, we hope Devan decides to remain with our program."

Downey, a former state high school player of the year from Chester, S.C., started 31 of UC's 34 games this past season. He was the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 11.9 points, and leader in assists with a 4.3 average and steals (1.9).