Posted at: 04/12/2013 4:39 PM
Updated at: 04/12/2013 8:04 PM
By: Robin De Wind
There is a familiar name on the Rochester Razorsharks roster. He's back home pursuing both of his dream to be successful on and off the court. If you ask Fairport grad, Kyle Downey to pick three words that best describes him, it's “don't give up.” After a successful high school and college career, he's back on the hard wood living his dream and his motto.
Kyle Downey, Rochester Razorsharks guard, said, “I'm a student of the game. My father was a coach, my brother is a coach, I'm going to be a coach every practice. I'm picking up things and putting it in my back pocket.”
Kyle Downey's life on and off the court hasn't always been easy. His father, Tom Downey, was a successful high school basketball coach. He died when Downey was just 13-years-old. His family moved to Fairport where Downey turned his energy to the game his dad loved. As the All-Greater Rochester “Player of the Year”. He went to Division I Siena College where his coach left after his sophomore season and he struggled with three major injuries.
But when things get tough, so does Downey. An attribute Razorsharks Head Coach Cliff Levingston saw immediately.
Downey said, “It's tough for me to coast through life. If it's my job, I look for something to drive me, this is it.”
Downey didn't want to play overseas after college due to his family. So getting the chance to play at home was ideal.
Downey said, “It's great playing in front of family and friends. I haven't been able to do that. This is terrific.”
While Downey hasn't had much playing time, Levingston says Downey has pro-potential.
Levingston said, “Kyle's basketball IQ is high. He understands how to get up and over screens. He works hard and makes everyone work on the floor.”
Downey said, “Just the tendencies, the reads you have to make. I'm learning every day, it's been fun so far.”
Despite double practices and games, Downey also hold a full-time day job. He's a financial planner. Pile it on, it's what Kyle Downey knows and loves.
Downey said, “You could say my life is chaotic right now, but I like it.”
The Razorsharks are home Saturday against West Virginia at the Blue Cross Arena at 7:05p.m.