Micah Downs Leaves Kansas Men's Basketball Team

Jan. 24, 2006

University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced today that freshman guard Micah Downs has left school and returned to Seattle.

“It is unfortunate that Micah’s tenure as a Kansas basketball player only lasted one semester,” Self said. “Micah has decided to go home to resolve some personal issues. We wish Micah and his family the best.”

“I apologize to my former teammates and coaches for leaving at mid-year,” Downs said. “I feel I can best deal with some personal problems closer to home that have been weighing on me over the last few months. I wish KU the best the rest of the season.”

Downs averaged 4.3 points in 13 games this season for Kansas. He reached double figures three times, including a season-high 13 points against Chaminade in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.

Statement from Micah Down’s father Steve Downs: “Our family appreciates the treatment of Micah by the Kansas coaches, players and administration. This is not a basketball issue. At this time in his life, being closer to home will hopefully enable Micah to resolve some of his issues. We thank Kansas for its support and wish them the best of luck.”