Pistons Select Austin Daye with 15th Pick in 2009 NBA Draft
“We are pleased to draft Austin Daye with the No. 15 pick,” said Joe Dumars, Pistons President of Basketball Operations. “He’s an extremely talented and skilled young guy. We like his skill set, basketball IQ and we feel he has room for growth as a player. We are also real pleased to add two players in DaJuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko who we feel will have an opportunity to come in and help our team.”
Daye, a 6-11 sophomore forward from Gonzaga University, averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 34 games (33 starts) last season. He shot 48% (159-333) from the field and 43% (36-84) from beyond the arc. Daye also finished the season with 70 blocks, the third-best single season mark in program history. He scored a career-high 28 points against Santa Clara University shooting 10-for-13 from the field and 3-for-4 from three-point range. As a freshman, Daye, the son of former NBA player Darren Daye, averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 33 games (one start). He recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut against Montana State and finished the season with 54 blocks, the fourth-best single season total in program history.
Summers started 98 of his 101 games at Georgetown University and finished his collegiate career with averages of 11.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He averaged a career-best 13.6 points last season and scored in double figures 25 times, including a streak of 19 consecutive games. Summers finished his career ranked 29th in scoring at Georgetown with 1,129 points and seventh in three-pointers made with 141. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Summers led the Hoyas to three straight postseason appearances (two NCAA Tournaments, one NIT).
Jerebko, a native of Sweden, played professionally in Italy the last two seasons. He averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 23 games for Angelico Biella last season. Prior to his stint in Italy, Jerebko played two seasons in the Swedish league where he averaged 10.0 points in 2006-07 and 20.0 points and 11.6 rebounds in 2005-06. He also represented Sweden on both the junior and senior men’s national team.
Budinger averaged 18.0 points last season at the University of Arizona. In 100 collegiate games, he averaged 17.0 points and 5.8 rebounds. A First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a junior, Budinger also earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors from The Associated Press in both his junior and senior seasons. His 1,697 points ranks 11th on the Wildcats’ all-time scoring list.