Austin Daye Decides To Keep Name in NBA Draft
Austin Daye has decided to keep his name in the NBA Draft.
 
Austin Daye has decided to keep his name in the NBA Draft.

June 15, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University forward Austin Daye has decided to keep his name in the National Basketball Association draft, Bulldogs head coach Mark Few said Monday.

Daye, who just completed his sophomore season, had until 2 p.m. Pacific Time Monday to make his decision to return to Gonzaga or remain in the June 25 NBA Draft. Daye reportedly was in New York being worked out by the Knicks Monday.

"We're excited for Austin. It's what he wants to do," Few said. "He was great to coach and was a great teammate. He will be missed. We did a lot of research to provide as much information as possible so he could make an educated decision."

This past season Daye averaged 12.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg while averaging 22.5 minutes/game. He shot 47.7 percent from the field (159-for-333). He also contributed 70 blocked shots which ranks first on the Gonzaga single-season list.

In his two seasons at Gonzaga he averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg.

The native of Irvine, Calif., was a two-time All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selection as was also named to the WCC All-Freshman Team.

Daye becomes the third Bulldog to enter the NBA Draft early, joining Paul Rogers in 1997 and Adam Morrison in 2006, both leaving following their junior seasons. Rogers was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round and Morrison was the third player taken in the 2006 draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. Morrison was traded earlier this year to the Lakers, who Sunday won the NBA title.

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