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A bad Daye for the Zags

Posted on: July 15, 2008 3:14 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2008 3:16 pm

At least Austin Daye is remaining optimistic.

"I'll be alright, man," Daye said via text message Tuesday afternoon. "It's just a setback. But I'll be cool."

The setback is a partially torn ACL Daye suffered last week at the LeBron James Skills Academy. At the time, Daye was believed to be mostly OK as the injury was initially diagnosed as an injured tendon in the right hamstring. But a subsequent MRI performed when he returned home to California showed a torn ACL that will put into jeopardy Daye's sophomore season and Gonzaga's attempt to make its first Final Four.

To place this in context, consider that Kansas star Brandon Rush had ACL surgery last June 1 and missed the Jayhawks' first two games before returning ahead of schedule November 15. That's basically 5 1/2 months of recovery. So if Daye has surgery later this week and follows the same remarkable recovery path he would be out until at least January -- meaning he'd miss most of the Zags' non-league schedule, where NCAA tournament seeds (crucial in positioning for a Final Four run) for non-BCS programs are usually determined.

That's not good. But barring something out of the ordinary, Daye should be back. That's what he and Gonzaga fans should remember. And if the 6-foot-10 forward can recover (like Rush did at Kansas) to lead the Zags to a national title (like Rush did at Kansas) and still be a lottery pick (like Rush was coming out of Kansas) then this will indeed be just a setback, like he said.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 12:04 pm

A bad Daye for the Zags

Wow, wasn't there a Non BCS school in the National Championship game just 3 months ago?

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2008 1:39 am

A bad Daye for the Zags

Come on now Gonzaga in the Final Four is an absolute joke!!!  George Mason is the only team ever to make the final four as a non BCS conference since the field went to 64.  Gonzaga is in a horrible conference that does not push them enough before the NCAA tournament.  Gonzaga's best teams have peaked in early November due to their tough non conference schedule to only enter into a conference that destroys that mojo!!!

The Zags have had some good teams that crumble due to their weak competition in the WCC.  It is too bad they could play with the men in the Pac-10.  It would definitely make things interesting!

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2008 5:59 pm

A bad Daye for the Zags

its too bad not everybody recovers like Rush did.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2008 5:35 pm

A bad Daye for the Zags

Austin Daye attended the same high school as myself, Woodbridge HS in Irvine, CA. Woodbridge is also home to Adam Keefe, who attended Stanford and played for 9 seasons in the NBA. I was a sophomore when Keefe was a senior. Since I still live close to Irvine, I have had the opportunity to witness Daye when he was a high school player as well.

In my opinion, Daye is one of the most underrated talents in the NCAA. Most people do not know what he can do. I watched him do it all at the high school level. He could shoot from the perimeter, handle the ball like a point guard, post up on the low block, and pass the ball extremely well. I think he is the most versatile player ever to come out of Orange County, CA.

That being said, his one weakness has been his lack of size and physicality. If he can put on more weight and add more strength, I think he will eventually be a great NBA player for many years. I hope this injury is just a bump in the road. It may take him 8 months to recover from this, but it might be a good idea to medical redshirt and then come back the following year as a sophomore. With his talents, he should be a first round NBA pick in a few years, if this injury does not effect him too much. 

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