Local kid Derico Wiggington Downey, who has seen limited minutes in Halifax home games, is traveling with the team according to an article in today’s Daily News.
Guard Derico Wigginton-Downey of North Preston will also join the Rainmen on the road trip, which includes stops against the Montreal Royal on Friday and Manchester, N.H., on Saturday.
My thoughts after the jump.
I am really glad he’s traveling with the team. I was hard on him at the begining of the season, but the guys is four years younger than me and I think he’s been unfairly nailed to the bench this season. He can definitely get better but he needs playing time to do so. I think that this three city road swing might be a chance for him to get some minutes – Williams is gone, opening up space for Downey and legs are sure to be tired with so many games so close together and all the driving. (Imagine traveling in a van when you’re the size of a pro basketball player) Downey’s slashing should be able to help the team, too. The kid is athletic as all hell, he just has to work on his decision making and I don’t think garbage time when the whole hometown crowd wants to see you dunk is when you’re going to improve on that. I think that the Rainmen organization has botched Downey’s development this year and him traveling with the team is a good step back onto the right path.
I also think Derico could benefit from seeing the realities of minor league basketball – cramped vans, snow storms and a few hundred people in a community college gym. Just playing Halifax home games is not a great way to see the reality of the life he has chosen to pursue.