Austin Daye took the deadline clock down to the final hour before announcing he will keep his name in the NBA Draft.
About an hour before Monday’s 2 p.m. (PST) deadline, Daye informed Gonzaga’s coaching staff by telephone that he will forgo his last two years of collegiate eligibility to remain in the NBA Draft.
“It’s obviously what he wants to do,” GU head coach Mark Few said. “He gave us a great two years. I’ve always been in favor of whatever each of our individual athletes want to do and I’ve always been a big proponent of the guys being as educated as possible to help them make the proper decision. He’s going in and we’re all going to be pulling for him.”
Daye joins Adam Morrison (2006) and Paul Rogers (1997) as Zags to leave school early for the NBA. Most NBA mock drafts project Daye between 13-27 in the first round.