2007 Focus: Austin Daye

Austin Daye, a junior wing from Southern California, has grown several inches in the last year and he's one of the top small forwards in the west for 2007. He tells us he interested in a number of West Coast programs...

Austin Daye, 6-9 JR SF Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge, has been one of the top wing prospects in the 2007 West Coast class for some time now. But a recent growth spurt has moved Daye from the two guard spot into a small forward slot.

Long and very slender, Daye is extremely skilled with the ball on the perimeter. He's got a terrific shot out to well beyond the stripe. Strength is an issue for Daye at this time and he's still growing into his body. But when he matures physically, watch out – this is a kid with a very high upside. He's also got good genes, as his father is former NBA player Darren Daye.

We spoke with Daye last night and asked him about the schools he's interested in at this time.

"My top five are probably Gonzaga, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and Arizona," said Daye.

We asked Daye what he is looking for in a school.

"I'd like to stay close to home," said Daye. "Someplace where I can play the three. I want to get in minutes in my freshman year and definitely start in my sophomore year. I'm watching teams to see how they play. Do they play a lot of one on one or do they have guys coming off picks? I like Gonzaga and how they use tall perimeter players like Adam Morrison." We asked him about the timing of his decision.

"I'm not really sure when I'll decide," said Daye. "I almost want to see how my summer goes and see what happens after that."


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