Ex-Hopewell star Downing to leave Davidson

by Chris Hunt and Aaron Garcia

Jordan Downing

After one season, former Hopewell boys basketball star Jordan Downing is transferring from Davidson College.

According to Downing’s father, on March 9, the 6-foot-5 freshman met with Davidson coach Bob McKillop to discuss his future with the program. After the meeting, Downing decided to leave for another basketball program.

“Jordan wanted to play, and he felt he cold contribute more to the team,” said Downing’s father, Keith. “When he got a chance to prove he could get more minutes, those minutes never materialized. He wanted to know how he fit in (with Davidson’s) program, and they said he fit in, but he never felt like they really needed him.

“This was an extremely difficult decision for Jordan because playing for Coach McKillop was one of his personal goals. He will miss all his Davidson teammates.”

Those teammates include Downing’s good friend and former Hopewell standout De’Mon Brooks.

Keith Downing would not reveal the basketball programs his son currently is considering but said, “Jordan has a laundry list of schools to choose from.” Downing added that some of those basketball programs are still competing in March, and other programs recruited his son out of high school before he chose Davidson.

Keith Downing said his son will not transfer to a fellow Southern Conference school because the league requires players who transfer from another conference team to sit out a year and forfeit a year of athletic eligibility, which means he’d have just two seasons of eligibility remaining. If he transfers to a team outside the conference, he’d have three more years to play.

“Jordan has listed several schools he would like to join, and we are currently contacting them, but it is still early in the process,” said Keith Downing. “In the next week to 10 days, I expect him to make a decision. Jordan is looking forward to joining another team that needs a kid that is a student-athlete first, an athletic wing guard that is a proven winner and has great character on and off the court.”

Downing played in 29 games as a freshman at Davidson, averaging 3.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9.1 minutes a contest.

“We wish (Downing) the best as he moves down a new path in pursuit of his career goals,” McKillop said.

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