Former South Carolina star Devan Downey has signed with a pro team in Turkey.
Here’s a link to the story, which those of you who speak fluent Turkish will be able to understand.
Meantime, here’s another link to a story on Ridiculousupside.com. It’s actually a pretty good write-up, with analysis on why Downey is better off going overseas.
Interestingly, Downey will have a familiar teammate on Antalya, his new team: Former Tennessee forward Wayne Chism, who was also a teammate in the NBA summer league earlier this month.
The bottom line is Downey’s performance for the Sacramento Kings’ summer league team didn’t leave things hopeful that he would get a legitimate shot in training camp, if he even got an invite.
Downey’s current path is likely to make money in Turkey this season – probably a lot of money – and then try to hook on with another summer league team in 2011.
Incidentally, he’s not the first ex-Gamecock point guard to try his hand in Turkey: Tre’ Kelley had a stop there a few years ago.
Read more: http://blogs.thestateonline.net/semerson/2010/07/24/turkey-for-downey/#ixzz0uds66hs7