Bears vs. Southern Illinois Postgame Press Conference - Players
The Bears' top returning scorer (11.5 ppg) and lone active senior will be counted on to lead the 2012-13 squad ... He played in two games on the summer Costa Rica tour, averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting .550 from the field.
2011-12: Earned MVC All-Newcomer Team honors after claiming MVC Newcomer of the Week laurels four times during his first campaign at MSU ... Led the Bears in FT shooting (.821), was second in three-pointers (41) and assists (74), third in scoring (11.5) and fourth in rebounding (101) ... Finished 6th in the MVC in FT percentage ... In MVC games only, he was 5th in the league in minutes (32.6), 6th in free throw percentage (.840) and 11th in scoring (13.1) ... His 10-for-10 free throw effort at Arkansas-Little Rock (12/10/11) was the sixth-best effort in the Missouri Valley on the season ... Tallied 10 points and 3 assists in MVC Tournament against Evansville (3/2/12) ... Registered 17 points and played all 45 minutes of overtime loss at Evansville (2/25/12) in regular-season finale with 6 rebounds and 6 assists ... Had game-high 14 points in loss to Indiana State (2/22/12) ... MVC Newcomer of the Week (2/20/12) after a 15.0 scoring average for the week ... Posted 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting in BracketBusters loss to Old Dominion (2/18/12) ... Registered team-high 17 points with 3 treys at No. 24 Wichita State (2/15/12) ... Tallied team-highs 16 points and 6 assists in home win over Bradley (2/12/12) with career-high 9 boards ... Had 12 points in road win at Drake (12/4/12) with team-high 4 assists ... Posted 13 points against Wichita State (2/1/12) ... Earned MVC Newcomer of the Week honors (1/30/12) for third time with 12.5 points per game on the week ... Notched 16 points behind 3 three-pointers in home win over UNI (1/28/12) ... Played 43 minutes and had 9 points in OT loss at Illinois State (1/25/12) ... Notched game-high 5 assists in win at Bradley (1/21/12) ... Returned to starting lineup against No. 18 Creighton (1/18/12) and posted team-high 14 points with 3 assists ... Had 16 points and 6 rebounds in overtime loss to Evansville (1/15/12) ... Was 11-for-12 at the line and added 13 points in win over Southern Illinois (1/10/12) ... Posted a team-high 17 points in road win at Indiana State (1/7/12) ... Earned MVC Newcomer of the Week (1/2/12) honors for his efforts in wins over Creighton and Drake with 18.5 ppg on the week ... Scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting (.786) in first career start at No. 19 Creighton (12/28/11) with 5 assists, 4 three-pointers and 37 minutes in win ... Notched 11 points in second start of season with 4-of-4 effort at the line in win over Drake (12/31/11) ... Had 5 boards vs. West Virginia (12/22/11) in Las Vegas Classic semifinals ... Scored 9 straight points for the Bears in first-half run in win over Kennesaw State (12/17/11) ... Registered 20 points on 4-of-5 shooting and perfect 10-for-10 effort at the line in win at UALR (12/10/11) ... Posted 7 points off the bench vs. Oklahoma State (12/7/11) on ESPNU ... Scored 10 points at New Mexico (12/3/11) with game-high 7 assists ... Played 26 minutes off the bench at ORU (11/30/11) and knocked down a clutch three to make it a three-point game with 5.3 seconds to go ... Hit game-tying three-pointer with 4 seconds left and finished with 9 points in OT win over Tulsa (11/26/11) ... Had team-high 15 points in road win at Arkansas State (11/15/11) with 3 treys, 5 assists and 6-for-8 shooting ... Earned MVC Newcomer of the Week (12/5/11) honors after scoring 12 off the bench in win at Nevada (11/11/11) in season opener with 3 assists and 5-for-10 shooting.
Independence Community College Signed National Letter of Intent to attend Missouri State on April 18, 2011. Primary recruiter was Coach Pat Baldwin ... Collected over 1,000 points in 62 games over two seasons at Independence (Kan.) Community College ... Was ranked No. 54 on the JucoJunction.com recruiting list for he class of 2011 ... Led the Pirates to a 23-9 record in 2010-11 with a team-high 161 assists and just 80 turnovers ... Finished second on the club in scoring (18.0), rebounding (5.1) and steals (60), while knocking down a team-high 57 three-pointers ... Earned first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and NJCAA Division I all-region honors in 2011 for coach Patrick Nee, while landing on the Region 6 All-Tournament Team ... Awarded the John Pittman Award and Fan Favorite Award for the Pirates who won 14 of their last 18 contests to close out the 2010-11 season ... As a freshman, he was part of a 19-12 program at Independence in 2009-10 his redshirt freshman year and led the squad in scoring at 15.5 points per contest ... Also grabbed 3.9 rebounds and dished out 91 assists in 30 contests while connecting on 72 three-pointers and snagging 43 steals.
Kansas State Redshirted at Kansas State University, as a true freshman in 2008-09, for Coach Frank Martin.
High School The Atchison (Kan.) native earned Kansas Class 4A all-state honors as a senior in 2007-08 after averaging 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game for coach George Ross, Jr., at Atchison High ... Earned Class 4A all-state honors as a junior and senior while claiming all-area honors three seasons ... Was a four-year starter who helped the Redmen to a 26-5 mark his junior year and 28-3 ledger as a sophomore, both resulting in state semifinal runs ... Averaged 21.0 points as a junior and 13.0 as a sophomore ... Was a two-time MVP of the Tongsonoxie Invitational and was on five regular season all-tournament teams in three years.
Personal Anthony Alden Downing was born 12/8/89 in Atchison, Kan. ... Son of Matthew Downing, Jr. of Lawrence, Kan. ... Has two brothers, Matthew and Devon ... Grandfather, Chic Downing, coached at Atchison High from 1974-91, winning four state titles ... Father played at Maryland from 1990-92 ... Majoring in Criminology at Missouri State and minoring in Real Estate ... Chose MSU over Central Michigan, Murray State, UTSA, Southern Illinois, Oral Roberts, Cal State Northridge and St. Bonaventure.