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June 2, 2009
A promise would make Daye's day

OAKLAND--If Austin Daye is available for the Kings to select with the 23rd pick, someone might have lied to him.

He'd like a guarantee from a team that it would select him. Daye said he's heard he'll fall between 9-17.

The lanky small forward from Gonzaga hasn't hired an agent. Daye said he's "pretty dedicated to staying in" the draft with this caveat.

"I really don't want to fall into the 20s," Daye said after his workout Tuesday at the Golden State Warriors practice facility. "If that happens I'm probably going to go back to school, if that's what they're saying."

Daye spent two seasons at Gonzaga. At 6-10, 192 pounds, Daye sees himself creating matchup problems as a small forward or even a power forward like Rashard Lewis.

Daye just doesn't want to wait to be selected after the top-20 picks to show he can do that, even if it might mean going to a better team.

"If you fall to the 20s it could help you and it could hurt you," he said. "You could be buried so far down on the bench you might not get out of that hole."

Daye wouldn't be buried if he somehow fell to Sacramento, which holds Houston's first-round pick from the Ron Artest trade.

Daye's length and athleticism would be welcome on offense and defense. Daye is also a decent shooter, having made 42.2 percent of his three pointers for the Bulldogs.

Daye averaged 11.6 points in two seasons. His 70 blocks last season were third most in school history.

But if Daye is around for the Kings to pick, he's not going to be happy.

Another interesting prospect that could fall to No. 23 is Louisville swingman Terrence Williams who calls himself a "definite NBA player."

Unlike Daye, Williams isn't worried about where he'll be selected. And after four years of college, he doesn't have the option of going back to school either.

Williams isn't finding the draft process stressful.

"Not studying for a test and trying to take a test, that's nerve-wracking," Williams said. "Playing basketball and getting drafted? This is supposed to be fun. I see one website where I can go 13. I see another where I can go 25. It doesn't matter to me. Playing in the NBA is a dream. If I get drafted 30, I'm playing in the NBA. It's not going to really matter. This is basketball."

Williams (6-6, 220) operated as a point forward and often defended the opposition's best player. He said that meant guarding anyone from a point guard to a power forward.

And he's the kind of player that looks to do the little things, or as he put it, connect the dots.

"If you're a great shooter and he's a great rebounder I'm going to get you the ball so he can knock down the shot and I'm going to box out so he can get the rebound," Williams said. "So I'm a guy that does the little things."

So where did Williams learn to play like this? It started while growing up in Seattle.

"When you're a kid everybody wants to score 12 points so they go home and tell their mom 'I scored 12 points today,'" Williams said. "There wasn't enough balls for the type of teams I played on so I had to be the type of person that didn't' want to shoot the ball all the time. I had to be the type of person to get those guys involved, rebound."

Williams is living in Las Vegas and working with former All-Star Gary Payton on ways to improve his play.

Williams played on Payton's AAU team in Seattle and they share the same agent, Aaron Goodwin.

Payton, however, has his way of reminding Williams he hasn't hit the big time yet.

"I stay in (Payton's) house," Williams said. "Well I stay in the little house he stays in the big house."

As for where he fits in this year's draft class, Williams is confident he's as talented as any of the wing players available.

The stats say Williams is not a great shooter. Williams shot 43.1 percent as a senior, including 38.5 percent on threes. Both were career highs. But his free throw percentage (58.1 percent) was the second lowest of his career.

Williams defense and versatility make him worth a look. He's the only player in Louisville history with 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals.

And by the way, for those of you on twitter, you can follow my work updates @jejones_sacbee where I'll provide updates as I get caught up on the NBA beat.

--Jason Jones

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