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Ex-Zags Daye, Turiaf open NBA season

Former Bulldogs’ Austin Daye and Ronny Turiaf had mixed results in their NBA season-openers.

Daye started and played 21 minutes, but only had four points (2 of 8 shooting) and three boards as Detroit blew a seven-point lead in the final two minutes and lost to New Jersey. More here, here and box here.

Turiaf came off the New York Knicks bench and scored eight points, grabbed four boards, blocked four shots and had two steals in 23 minutes. He left in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ win with a sore back after accidentally colliding with teammate Amar’e Stoudemire. Turiaf also took a flagrant elbow to the face from the Raptors’ David Andersen. More here, here, here and box here.

Daye earns starting spot

Former Gonzaga forward Austin Daye has earned a starting spot, at power forward, for the Detroit Pistons. Daye, a second-year pro, had a solid preseason and has surprised some by performing well at power forward against bulkier players.

More here.

Daye signs with Pistons

Austin Daye is officially a millionaire. A couple of times.

Daye will make $1.4 million for his first year and at least $2.9 million over his first two seasons with Detroit. More here and here.

Daye scores 8 in debut; Morrison 24

Austin Daye scored eight points on 3 of 9 shooting in his summer league debut with the Detroit Pistons. Daye played just over 19 minutes in the Pistons’ 86-77 win over Sacramento.

Adam Morrison poured in 24 points in nearly 33 minutes of playing time to help Los Angeles edge Toronto 85-84. Ex-WSU Cougar Taylor Rochestie added eight points for the Lakers while Aron Baynes went scoreless.

Click here to keep tabs on the former Zags (Daye, Morrison, Josh Heytvelt, Jeremy Pargo, Micah Downs).

Meanwhile, former Saint Mary’s guard Patty Mills suffered a broken foot Thursday in practice and will miss summer league. More here.

Pistons fire Curry

Austin Daye has been a Detroit Piston for less than a week and he’s already experiencing a coaching change. Detroit parted ways with Michael Curry after one season at the helm. A bit more here.

And here’s more on the somewhat chilly reception Daye is receiving in Detroit.

Day-after Daye

Here’s a roundup of articles about Austin Daye, Daye mentions or the draft in general:

From’s winners and losers, San Jose Mercury-News winners and losers, USA Today, A.P., the Detroit News here and here, the Detroit Free Press here and here, Los Angeles TimesSporting and

Here’s the rookie salary scale for 2009, according to


Detroit takes Daye, no other Zags selected

Back with an unedited article on Austin Daye being taken by Detroit with the 15th pick of the first round. No other Zags were selected.

I tried to contact Daye and Josh Heytvelt, who was projected as a second-rounder in numerous mock drafts, but didn’t make connections. I was able to see/hear three or four Daye interviews via ESPN,, NBA TV and Detroit’s Web site.  

Read on for more.

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.)

Four Bulldogs await NBA Draft

Here’s my look at the draft prospects for Gonzaga’s Austin Daye, Josh Heytvelt, Micah Downs and Jeremy Pargo. The article will run in Wednesday’s S-R and the unedited version is below. (Heytvelt and Pargo are pictured in GU’s NCAA loss to North Carolina.)

Daye makes it official

Back with more on Austin Daye’s decision to remain in the NBA Draft. I talked with Mark Few and Daye for a few minutes this afternoon and filed this unedited article that will run in Tuesday’s S-R.

Also, Saint Mary’s Patty Mills is staying in the draft. More on Mills here. (One suspects there are quite a few smiles in the coaching offices at Portland, which could be GU’s primary WCC competition next season after the decisions by Daye and Mills).

Daye said the last two months have been stressful and tiring, but he had one request of a reporter, which showed he hasn’t lost his sense of humor. “Hey, if you run a photo of me, can you make sure it’s not one with my face all distorted?”

Read on for a couple more notes and the artice.


Daye staying in NBA Draft

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.

More later.

Blanchette on Daye

Click here for John Blanchette’s take on Austin Daye.

UPDATE: More on Daye and his pending decision here from

Daye makes it official

Back with my unedited article on Austin Daye’s decision to enter the NBA draft. Here’s the best link I’ve found that has an assortment of mock drafts as well as other draft info.

Read on.


Daye will submit name for NBA draft

Gonzaga sophomore forward Austin Daye will submit his name for the NBA draft, but doesn’t plan on hiring an agent, The Spokesman-Review has learned.

Daye is expected to make the announcement official later today.

By not hiring an agent, the 6-foot-11 Daye keeps open the option of returning to Gonzaga for his junior season. Jeremy Pargo declared himself eligible for the draft last April and went through the pre-draft process before electing to return to Gonzaga for his senior season.

Daye averaged 12.7 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds. He made 47.7 percent of his shots, 42.9 percent on 3-pointers, and blocked a GU single-season record 70 shots.

UPDATE: Daye made his decision official in a GU release Wednesday afternoon. I’m working on an article for Thursday’s S-R and will post it around 5 p.m.

Zags, Daye head for California

Back with a collection of Gonzaga notes, including Austin Daye returning to his old stomping grounds in Southern California this week as GU takes on Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

Daye, who is from Irvine, Calif., said he’s looking forward to seeing family and friends, not to mention 70-degree temperatures. More below on Daye, Jeremy Pargo’s thumb and ex-Zag Dan Dickau’s new team.


Day after San Francisco

A bunch of notes, quotes, etc., as we recount Gonzaga’s 85-51 dismantling of San Francisco on Saturday night. Read on for the day-after USF post.

ALSO: Find a photo gallery of GU-USF game here.

Game still on, more notes

Despite the record snowfall and GU canceling classes today, the Gonzaga-Texas Southern game is still on for 6 p.m. The Tigers arrived at 1:30 Wednesday morning, according to coach Tony Harvey, whom I met in the lobby of the MAC on Wednesday afternoon while many of his players gazed at the snow falling outside the windows.

Bunch of notes below.

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