4guysinblazers recently had the chance to connect with Kyle Downey and ask him a few questions about his Siena career, last season, and his future plans. Kyle averaged 13.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game last season. His leadership and high energy game play helped propel an undermanned Saints team to a surprise trip to the MAAC semifinals. For his career Kyle scored 790 points, was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team his freshman year, and was a part of two MAAC Championship squads.
4guysinblazers: What will you miss the most about Siena?
Kyle Downey: Looking back at my four years at Siena I am easily going to miss all the workouts the most, with the team and individually, because thats what I love to do.
4guysinblazers: How important is the fan support in sustaining the Saints home court advantage?
Kyle Downey: Incredibly important. It single handedly won us a couple games this year…. especially the Iona game.
4guysinblazers: The clock ticked down in those final seconds against Loyola, can you describe that emotion?
Kyle Downey: Somewhat relief, because my back was hurting me so bad from pulling a muscle in it the night before, but in the locker room after the game it was a sad proud feeling. Sad that it had come to an end, but extremely proud of what we accomplished this year overall.
4guysinblazers: You transitioned to the professional game while still in school, did you find it any more challenging than balancing school and basketball as a Siena athlete?
Kyle Downey: It was a little more challenging than playing at Siena simply because practice times were usually when I had class so I had to work with my professors a bit more than normal.
4guysinblazers: A lot was made of the negatives the injuries and eligibility issues brought to last year’s team, did you see any positives that came out of having such a limited roster?
Kyle Downey: The main positive was everybody knew their roles immediately. Also, it felt like the chemistry was always there because you had the same guys on the court pretty much the entire game.
4guysinblazers: The chemistry last year’s team had seemed to be truly special, how did that compare with the chemistry on the championship teams you were a part of and what does next year’s team have to do to replicate it?
Kyle Downey: I’m not sure if this type of chemistry can be replicated simply because when you only have nine guys there is something unexplainable on how close everyone feels to a common goal. Every night everyone needs to play well, because if just one person didn’t, it is extremely hard to win.
4guysinblazers: What future career ambitions do you have?
Kyle Downey: I recently have accepted a job as a Financial Planner for AXA Advisors. I’ll be servicing people all over New York State, but also while doing that I am going to balance playing for the Rochester Razorsharks of the PBA next winter.
4guysinblazers: What would you like fans to know about your teammates and fellow graduates Conner, Owen, and Brandon?
Kyle Downey: They are three of the best friends and people you will ever meet.
4guysinblazers: Last question, and we always ask it, have you heard of a more ridiculous name for a fan website than 4guysinblazers?
Kyle Downey: I’m sure there is one out there, but no, I personally havent heard of anything more ridiculous, haha.
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