Austin Daye: Breaking Out

2007's Austin Daye's best days are ahead of him as he eventually matures and fills out his long, lean 6'9" 180 lbs body, gaining strength and bulk. But with NBA bloodlines and a resulting high basketball IQ, the sky would seem to be the limit. Austin is very high on Gonzaga's wish list, and is rising with his postseason play.

Austin Daye is a 6-9 junior wing from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California – the same high school that produced current Zag transfer David Burgess. Daye's team is currently in the midst of the Division 2A playoffs in southern California after winning the Orange County-based Sea View League with 9-1 league record. Woodbridge has won its first two playoff games, the most recent being an upset victory of undefeated Ramona on February 21 where Daye collected 23 points, 17 boards, 7 assists and 5 blocked shots.

Austin is the son former UCLA standout Darren Daye, who also spent several seasons in the NBA and playing ball overseas. Basketball is in Austin's bloodlines. Like what happened to current Gonzaga star Adam Morrison during his high school days, Austin was a guard all his life until he recently underwent a massive, quick growth spurt which has given him a power forward's height with shooting guard type skills. As of 2/21/06, Daye is averaging 16.5 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 3.2 BPG, 2.3 APG and is shooting 79% from the free throw line for the season.

6'9" wing Austin Daye - Long and Lean

Daye's game is often compared to Tayshaun Prince, the ex-Kentucky star and current Detroit Piston. He is long and lanky, has a massive wingspan, good handles and a nice perimeter stroke. As he fills out more, he figures to get even better as a defender and as an offensive force in the paint.

Recently, Austin has said, "I really like the tradition there [at Gonzaga] and would love to play for Coach Few."

The feeling just might be mutual. Daye plans to visit the Zags soon after the season.

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