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Taron Downey
Taron Downey

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Oxford, N.C.

High School:
Oxford HS

Last College:
Fork Union Military Academy

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
Guard

Experience:
3 VL

A fourth-year veteran who has been at least a part-time starter in each of the past three seasons... a remarkably unselfish player who relinquished most of his point guard duties last season to Chris Paul... was also supportive when taken out of the starting lineup to give Wake Forest much-needed rebounding... joins Paul and Justin Gray to give Wake Forest a trio of extremely quick, ballhandling guards... a southpaw who served as team tri-captain last season... a leader on the team who does a solid job of keeping his teammates calm when opponents are making a run... consistently and somewhat quietly piling up impressive career statistics... has 284 career assists and 130 three-point field goals... his career free throw percentage (.839) is one of the best in Wake Forest history... enters his senior season with 791 career points and 96 games played... owns 54 career starts... has scored in double figures 38 times in his career and has dished out at least five assists 20 times.

2003-2004

Played in all 31 games... started 13 times... averaged 28.9 minutes per contest... named game MVP of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic... earned that award after undergoing an emergency appendectomy just days earlier... one of five players to average scoring in double figures (10.2 ppg.)... averaged 11.1 points per contest in ACC play... second on the team with 51 three-point field goals (131 attempts)... second on the team in free throw percentage (.838)... second on the team and 12th in the ACC with 91 assists... second on the team with 38 steals... ranked sixth in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage... ranked 12th in the ACC for three-point field goals per game... averaged 11.0 ppg. in Wake Forest wins and just 8.6 ppg. in losses... scored in double figures 16 times... made at least one three-point field goal in 20 of the final 21 games of the season.

BIGGEST GAMES OF 2003-04

Eight days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Downey came off the bench to lead Wake Forest to a Nov. 13 win over Memphis in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden... he scored a career-high 20 points, made 4-of-7 three-point field goals, dished out five assists and had zero turnovers and was named the game's MVP... scored 17 points, made three 3-point field goals and had three steals in Dec. 6 win over visiting Richmond... was instrumental in Wake Forest's memorable triple-overtime win at No. 4 North Carolina (Dec. 20)... he played 48 minutes, made four 3-point field goals (on nine attempts), dished out seven assists to go with just one turnover, and scored 19 points against the Tar Heels... made all three of his three-point field goal attempts en route to 19 points at 18th-ranked Georgia Tech Feb. 22... made 3-of-4 three-point field goals, dished out five assists and had two steals in key ACC road win at Maryland (Feb. 28).

2002-2003

Led the team in minutes played (34.4) ... started all 31 games ... his free throw percentage (.861) led the team and ranked third in the ACC ... led the team and ranked seventh in the ACC in assists ... also led the team in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.62) ... finished second on the team and 14th in the ACC with 50 three-point field goals and shot 34.0 percent from behind the arc ... turned his game up a notch in March, averaging 13.3 points per game in the postseason ... his 5-of-8 three-point shooting (.625) against East Tennessee State on March 21 was the best three-point shooting effort by a Deacon all season ... went a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line at Virginia on Jan. 23 ... had eight assists in a game three times -- vs. Elon (Jan. 7), at Georgia Tech (Feb. 20), at Florida State (Feb. 26) ... played all 40 minutes in Jan. 26 win over Florida State -- the most regulation minutes by a Deacon since Tim Duncan in 1997 ... scored in double figures 17 times ... averaged a relatively high number of rebounds (3.5 rpg.) for a 6-2 point guard ... went 10-of-10 from the free throw line in Jan. 23 loss at Virginia ... scored a career-high 19 points against the Wahoos ... scored 18 points one week later in a road win at Clemson ... dished out seven assists to go with just one turnover at nationally-ranked Maryland Feb. 17 ... followed that performance with 10 points, eight assists and just one turnover in a road win at Georgia Tech ... scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range Feb. 26 at Florida State ... was a bright spot in ACC Tournament loss to NC State with 18 points, including 3-of-4 from three-point range ... made a career-high five three-point field goals en route to 17 points in NCAA Tournament win over East Tennessee State ... closed the season by going 11-of-17 (.647) from three-point range over the final three games of the season.

2001-02

Played in all 34 games and started 10 times... began the season slowly but emerged into a major contributor as the season wore on... scored in double figures five times -- all after Jan. 1... made just four three-point field goals in November and December but sank 25 three-pointers over the final 20 games... had a solid assist-to-turnover ratio with 63 assists and 42 turnovers... ranked second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (.408) and shot an even higher percentage (.425) against ACC opponents... shot a solid 73.9 percent from the free throw line... averaged 4.7 points per game (6.9 ppg. over the last 20 games)... averaged just 7.0 minutes per game through the first seven contests of the season... made three three-point field goals in four different games... first demonstrated his long-range shooting skills by going 2-of-2 from three-point range en route to seven points in a Dec. 7 win over South Carolina State... began the New Year by pulling down a career-high six rebounds Jan. 2 against Richmond... at Navy on Jan. 7 he erupted for a career-high 15 points, sinking 6-of-8 field goals and 3-of-4 three-pointers... was impressive at Duke¡¦s Cameron Indoor Stadium Jan. 19 when he played 30 minutes, dished out five assists and committed zero turnovers against the Blue Devils... made both three-point field goal attempts and scored eight points Jan. 23 against eventual national champion Maryland... played 31 minutes and dished out five assists Jan. 26 versus Georgia Tech... went 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, en route to 10 points Feb. 6 against North Carolina... played a career-high 36 minutes, scored eight points and committed just one turnover against sixth-ranked Cincinnati... sent the Feb. 13 Clemson game into the first overtime by sinking a three-point field goal at the end of regulation... scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and went 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc against the Tigers... played 34 minutes, set a career-high with seven assists and scored eight points in a home win over Virginia... scored eight points at home against Duke Feb. 21... sank all three three-point field goal attempts on the way to 13 points in just 19 minutes of action at Georgia Tech Feb. 27... in Wake¡¦s second-round NCAA Tournament game against 11th-ranked Oregon, Downey scored 11 points, matched a career-high with seven assists and made 3-of-5 three-point field goal attempts.

HIGH SCHOOL

Fork Union Military Academy, 2001... averaged 17 points and five assists per game in 2001 on a strong Fork Union team... played at Oxford (NC) Webb High School from 1998-2000... led the state in scoring with 30.7 points per game and made 44 percent of his three-point attempts at Oxford Webb his senior year in 2000¡K a two-time first team all-state selection in North Carolina... led Webb to the state Final Four... played for coach Mike Kincaid at Oxford Webb and Fletcher Arritt at Fork Union¡K selected for the 2000 East-West game, but decided to play with his AAU team, the Raleigh Razorbacks in a tournament in Las Vegas that weekend¡K helped lead the Razorbacks to a state championship... played for coach Mark Adams with the Raleigh Razorbacks.

PERSONAL

Downey's roommate at Fork Union was John Chappell, a player at South Carolina and the son of former Demon Deacon All-American Len Chappell ... played with former Maryland forward Chris Wilcox on his AAU team, the Raleigh Razorbacks ... chose Wake Forest because "I loved the place," Downey said ... chose WFU over NC State.

 

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