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

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.