2007 LOIs Roll in to GU

Junior College star Ira Brown joins a stellar high school class of 2007, faxing in Letters of Intent to Gonzaga University. Austin Daye, Robert Sacre and Steven Gray should give the Zags a big boost for years to come.

Austin Daye, 6-4 1/2, SO SG, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge. There might not be a sophomore in California who has a better feel for the game than Daye. He really knows how to play, is not only a great shooter, but an excellent passer. He faced a zone defense Tuesday against Corona Del Mar, and cut them to shreds with his passes.

The son of former NBA player Darren Daye, Austin is a terrific prospect in his own right. He has an excellent outside shot, with deep range beyond the stripe. Very good understanding of the game, with the ability to create space for himself. He's grown about 5 inches in the last year. He is now 6'10".

7'0" Center Robert Sacre

Scout.com's initial summary of Robert in the spring of 2005:

Sacre wasn't very well known in the States, but started to get exposure in the spring of 2005 when he played with the AAU team, the Portland Panthers. He has a very good body, and likes to bang and use his strength. He's relatively athletic, while his skills are still developing. Possibly close to 6-10, Sacre has a real chance to be a high major prospect.

Note: Sacre has since grown to 7'0" and 250 lbs, and has developed his skills to borderline elite high major.

6'4" Guard Steven Gray

On February 21st, 2006, Gonzaga head coach Mark Few ventured to Seattle to watch Steven Gray and his Bainbridge Spartan teammates play in a loser-out Sea-King District playoff game against Metro League rival Chief Sealth. Steven put on a show for his future college coach, scoring a season-high 46 points on 15 of 20 field-goal attempts. Seven of his made shots were from beyond the arc. He also dropped in 9 of 10 free throws and pulled down eight boards. Gray is an incredibly versatile offensive player; during any given game, he'll operate at the point, shift to a spot-up three point-shooter on the wing, then post up in the paint. Defensively, Gray is frequently given the assignment of guarding the opposition's best player, and offensively Gray is routinely the target of double- and triple-teams.

Forward Ira Brown

You simply put Ira Brown on the floor and let him go. Brown's sheer desire to compete at a high level, combined with his great attitude on and off the floor, make him one of the toughest defensive assignments in America at the junior college level.

Last season as a 6'5" 235 lbs freshman, Brown ranked among the statistical leaders in three categories: fifth in scoring with 17.5 ppg, second in rebounding with 9.8 rpg, second in field goal percentage at 59.3%.

Ira Brown was voted Preseason 1st-Team All-American at the Junior College level for his sophomore year.

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