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Daye goes to Detroit with 15th pick

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Austin Daye was selected by Detroit with the 15th pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft.

Daye, who averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore, joins Eastern Washington University’s Rodney Stuckey on the Pistons’ roster.

Three other Zags have been drafted in the first round — John Stockton in 1984, Dan Dickau in 2002 and Adam Morrison in 2006. Ian Mahinmi, who signed a letter of intent with Gonzaga but never enrolled in school, was drafted late in the first round of the 2005 draft.

Daye’s father, Darren, was drafted in the third round by the Washington Bullets in 1983. Darren Daye, a UCLA product, played five NBA seasons.

(Daye is pictured above defending North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Hansbrough, by the way, was taken by Indiana with the 13th pick.)

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