Foot injury to sideline Gonzaga's Downs 6-8 weeks

Updated: November 20, 2006, 5:22 PM ET
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Highly touted transfer student Micah Downs of Gonzaga had a pin inserted in his injured foot and will miss the next six to eight weeks, and possibly the entire season, Gonzaga officials said Sunday.

Downs, who transferred from Kansas last season, was not eligible to play until December.

He suffered a stress fracture on one foot during preseason practice, but recently had been playing well on the foot, coach Mark Few said. But he woke up on Saturday and found he could not put weight on the foot, Few said.

"He'll be out six to eight weeks," Few said.

That means Downs might be able to return about the time West Coast Conference play begins, Few said.

"If it heals fast, it makes sense," Few said. "He could help us this year."

"It's up to Micah," Few said. "He's chomping at the bit to play."

Downs, a 6-foot-8 guard, was a McDonald's All-American at Juanita High School in Seattle, where he scored 24.8 points per game as a senior.

He played 13 games at Kansas last season, averaging 4.3 ppg, but was not happy. He transferred to Gonzaga at semester break and had been expected to provide some depth to the Bulldogs this season.

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