Freshman Downs leaves Kansas for personal reasons

Updated: January 24, 2006, 4:01 PM ET
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Freshman forward Micah Downs quit the Kansas basketball team and is leaving school for personal reasons.

"It is unfortunate that Micah's tenure as a Kansas basketball player only lasted one semester," coach Bill Self said in a statement Tuesday. "Micah has decided to go home to resolve some personal issues. We wish Micah and his family the best."

The 6-foot-8 Downs, a McDonald's All-American in high school, averaged 4.3 points in 13 games. He was a highly touted recruit out of Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash. But after reaching double figures three times in Kansas' first eight games, his production -- and playing time -- dwindled.

Downs played in two of the Jayhawks' first four Big 12 games.

"I apologize to my former teammates and coaches for leaving at midyear," Downs said in the statement. "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."

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