Austin Daye To Detroit Pistons With 15th Pick In Draft

June 25, 2009

NEW YORK _ Gonzaga University's Austin Daye was selected as the 15th pick in the NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons Thursday.

Daye, who would have been a junior this coming season, 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 leave the program early for the NBA, 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 won this year's NBA title.

Other Gonzaga first-round draft picks have been John Stockton, 16th by the Utah Jazz in 1984; Dan Dickau, 28th by the Sacramento Kings in 2002, and Adam Morrison. Ian Mahinmi was taken as the 28th pick by San Antonio Spurs in 2005 after having signed a letter-of-intent to attend Gonzaga for the 2005-06 season.

Daye is the 19th player taken in the draft since Jean Claude Lefebevre was a second-round pick of the then Minneapolis Lakers in 1960.

 

 

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