The UPEI men’s basketball team is excited to announce that Nova Scotian native Mandrez Downey will be joining the Panthers for the 2012–13 season. The Cole Harbour District High School graduate was MVP of the Metro High School League, leading the league twice in scoring.
Downey was also a starting player for Nova Scotia’s entry in the 2009 Canada Games, playing a key role in the team’s silver medal finish. At the national level, Downey has received tryout invitations for the cadet and junior men’s national teams.
UPEI head coach Tim Kendrick has extreme confidence in Downey, having coached him previously with the Nova Scotian Canada Games team. “He is a combo guard that can really shoot the ball. More importantly, I know he is a determined young player who will give us his all, both on the court and in the classroom,” said Kendrick.
Downey is excited and eager to get started with the Panthers this fall. “I’m very happy to be at UPEI and to be playing again for Coach Kendrick,” he said. “I know I will become a better player here, and will do my best in school and on the court to support my teammates.”
The Panthers begin the exhibition season by hosting the Mickey Place Basketball Tournament, October 12–14, with teams from across Canada competing in the event. Season passes are now on sale, which include admission to the tournament—contact (902) 566-0432 or email@example.com.