Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Devan Downey, the recently graduated University of South Carolina guard, sat down with News19's Bob Shields Wednesday night as they looked forward to Downey's possible future in the NBA.
When asked if he thought he would be picked in the NBA Draft, Downey told News19, "I can't tell you that I am, and I can't tell you that I'm not. I don't know."
Many detractors think that Downey is too short to play in the NBA, despite his indisputable talent.
Don't let Downey's coy answer to the number one question hide his confidence: Downey says he can compete for a chance with any team in the National Basketball Association.
"I think I can really open some eyes," Downey said, "If I can get into the right situation, I think it will work out."
Downey's first workout is with the Portland Trailblazers, and he is scheduled to depart Friday. The following Thursday, Downey says he'll work out in Oklahoma City with the Thunder. He expects to have between 12 and 18 workouts for NBA teams.
If you were to ask any coach in the SEC, including Downey's coach Darrin Horn and Kentucky's Coach John Wall, they'll tell you that Downey is an NBA-caliber player.
"Any time you're an undersized player, it's like an uphill battle. I've got the 'size-thing' against me, but you know, I'm not worried about it. I work hard every day, and I'll prove those people wrong."
"Coach Horn did a good job of preparing me for this," Downey said. "He stayed on me. He made me see things outside of basketball that I'm starting to realize right now, that the season and my [college] career is over. If anything, he made me a better man."
The two-round NBA Draft is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York.