5 - Austin Daye

6-11, 192 Small Forward
Gonzaga Sophomore
06/05/88 (32.4 yrs)
Irvine, CA
High School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison:  Brian Cook

Strengths: An extremely versatile player, who at 6-10 has great height and length for the SF position … He is more than comfortable handling the ball in transition, as well as attacking off the dribble on the perimeter … Possesses a nice mix of skills with his back to the basket, including fadeways to both shoulders, mini hooks and up and unders … Has great patience when attacking, he reads the defender then either uses a well timed shot fake or a spin move to get himself in better scoring position … Out of the triple threat is where he is most effective; people have to play him tight because of his shot and this allows him to use his long strides and good jabs to get into the lane … Shooting the ball is where he is the most effective and dangerous; he has one of the nicer release in all of college basketball … He is able to knock down outside shots with his feet set and he is just as comfortable shooting pullups from midrange going to either hand … He has a slight fade on his shot, combining that with his long arms and high release, it makes his jumper virtually unblockable …

Weaknesses: He needs to add substantial weight and muscle if he is to ever reach his true potential … His explosiveness is mediocre (as a leaper he is fairly limited and his first step is only average) … Even though he has an extremely soft touch, he still struggles finishing in traffic because he cannot absorb contact … He is easily thrown off balance and forced into tough shots by stronger defenders … At times, he dips the ball pretty low on the catch, which allows the defenders to close out on him … If he is challenged and forced to rush his shot, his efficiency decreases … Needs to gain consistency on his shot, he goes through droughts and this causes a downward spiral for his entire game since most of his moves rely on shot fakes and his ability to attack out of the triple threat … He is somewhat passive, seems so take what the defense gives him and he tends to settle for outside shots rather than using his length around the basket … He needs to work on his off hand as he becomes predictable attacking to his right far too often …

Borko Popic – 2/12/2009


Strengths: Tremendous length, athleticism and skill for a player his size. Has immense potential Thrives at facing the basket and shooting or getting by his man off the dribble His ability to handle and shoot gives him a great deal of promise as a scoring wing forward Already showing signs of developing a deadly offensive skill set, with ball fakes and hesitation moves, and particularly the ability to shoot off the dribble He can pull up as well as spot up and shoot with range Good athlete with explosiveness and speed in the open floor His foot speed and agility are extremely impressive and make him a potential top 10 pick in a few short years Has a chance to be special

Weaknesses: Strength is still a major hurdle for him Needs to put on 15-20 pounds of muscle minimum Gets muscled by stronger players which gives him problems on both ends of the floor Maturing physically will allow him to gain better body balance, becoming a better offensive player as well as finisher

Aran Smith – 8/16/2007 Interview

YouTube Clip – 2/4/2008

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