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Downey out of jail after assault allegations

Mar. 23, 2012: Seth Strickland and Connor Shaw warm up under the watchful eye of quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus before the spring scrimmage.
Mar. 23, 2012: Seth Strickland and Connor Shaw warm up under the watchful eye of quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus before the spring scrimmage. tdominick@thestate.com

USC star men's basketball player Devan Downey was released from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center late Monday night, after posting a personal recognizance bond.

Downey, a 20-year-old sophomore, was charged Monday afternoon with simple assault and battery, a misdemeanor. The arrest stemmed from an April 25 incident in which a fellow student, Curtis Lowery of Irmo, alleges that Downey hit him once.

Neal Lourie, Downey's attorney, said the player had a court date set in June.

An arrest report would not be available until today, according to USC spokesman Russ McKinney.

Lowery, a 19-year-old sophomore, alleges Downey approached him at the Russell House on April 25, and, during an argument over a woman, Lowery alleges Downey hit him.

“He tried to slap me with one hand, and I ducked to the side,” Lowery said Monday night. “He palmed me to my right eyebrow. ... He didn’t punch me, no.”

That afternoon, police questioned the two students. Lowery said he decided not to press charges because he was unhurt and Downey was apologetic.

But Lowery said he changed his mind when friends told him Downey was telling them a different story.

“He took my kindness for granted and went around and tried to glorify a situation after I turned the cheek,” Lowery said. “The point is he needs to be taught a lesson.”

Downey, a 5-foot-9 point guard, was named a first-team all-SEC selection this past season, when he averaged 18.5 points per game and was among the national leaders in steals.

Athletics department spokesman Steve Fink said coach Darrin Horn was aware of the situation but would have no comment.

Downey is suspended from team activities because of the arrest, per athletics department policy.

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