Whether it was swatting 6'11" Andy Poling's shots, rebounding, leading the fastbreak, posting up, passing to open teammates, or banging down deep threes, there just wasn't a lot that Austin Daye didn't do well during the evaluation tournaments in April. Suffice it to say, Daye's stock is climbing.
Similar to Adam Morrison, Daye is a tall wing (Daye is 6'9", Adam is 6'8") who can play on the perimeter like a 2 guard or operate in the paint like a power forward. This kind of Morrison-like versatility, combined with his own unique offensive skill set, makes Austin a prime target for Mark Few and the Gonzaga program. With the freedom Coach Few gives his guards and wings, versatility in a recruit only enhances that recruit in the eyes of one of best offensive coaches in the country. Having a high basketball IQ is yet another asset that makes Daye such an attractive prospect for the Zags.
The following is Scout.com's West Coast Recruiting Analyst Greg Hicks' evaluation of Austin after the final April evaluation event in Las Vegas, NV:
Austin Daye, 6-9 JR SF/PF Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge. Daye is an outstanding scorer who can get his points in a variety of ways. He's got an excellent stroke with deep range, but he also has a very nice touch around the basket. He made several difficult mid-range shots look easy. He's still physically immature and there's a question as to how his body ends up in a few years. It's difficult to imagine him defending high major small forwards on the wing – he probably won't have the quickness for that job. But he also might have trouble guarding power forwards, as he's not real physical – he's very much a finesse player. But his ability to score is unique and he will find a spot on the floor because of that skill. He's a definite high major player and he has the potential to end up among the best in the class nationally.
Daye was reportedly going to visit Gonzaga sometime this Spring. Stay tuned to the Men's Hoops Message Board for updates on Austin's recruitment.