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Downs, Burgess heading to Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kansas basketball player Micah Downs will
transfer to No. 7 Gonzaga, the McDonald's All-American said this
week.

Downs, a 6-foot-8, 180-pound small forward, said earlier this
week that he was leaving Kansas, where he averaged 4.3 points in 13
games as a freshman this winter.

"It's unfortunate that Micah's tenure as a Kansas basketball
player only lasted one semester," Kansas coach Bill Self said at
that time. "Micah has decided to go home to resolve some personal
issues."

Downs told The Spokesman-Review on Friday that he was going
through the admissions process and expected to enroll next week.

"I really just want to focus on getting the rest of this
[admissions] stuff taken care of," he said. "Then I'll be willing
to set down and talk to the media hopefully by the middle of next
week."

Downs averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds as a senior at Juanita
High School in Seattle last winter. He signed with Kansas after
reportedly considering scholarship offers from Gonzaga and Duke,
the newspaper said.

Under NCAA rules, coaches from schools other than Kansas are not
allowed to comment on Downs until he starts attending classes once
again. Gonzaga started its second semester on Wednesday.

Downs will likely have to pay his own way at GU, at least for
the rest of the semester, because with the addition of BYU transfer
David Burgess earlier this month the Bulldogs now have the NCAA
limit of 13 players on scholarship.

Downs attended several high schools in three different states.
As a junior at Bothel (Wash.) High School, he averaged 19.7 points
and 11.8 rebounds.

He played his sophomore season at Butte (Mont.) High, and his
freshman year at Green Valley in Henderson, Nev.

Downs' father, Steve, told a Seattle area newspaper that he was
forced to move his son from school to school because of his
occupation as a carpenter.

Under the NCAA's transfer rule, Downs would not be eligible to
play for Gonzaga until the end of the first semester next year,
sometime in December, and would have about 2½ years of eligibility
remaining.

Burgess, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center from Woodbridge High
School in Irvine, Calif., has transferred from Brigham Young to
Gonzaga.

"It came down to whatever I thought would make me the best
player I could be," Burgess said last week. "And Gonzaga has
proven that they can develop big men. Just look at Ronny Turiaf,
Casey Calvary and Richard Fox."

Burgess, who made a recruiting trip to Gonzaga after averaging
19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots during his senior
year at Woodbridge, appeared in only two games as a freshman at
Brigham Young in 2004-05 before undergoing surgery on both of his
ankles.

He played in only three games for the Cougars this year.

He contends his ankles are sound and he's ready to contribute
for the Bulldogs as soon as possible which will be next December,
after he sits out one year under the NCAA's transfer rule.