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Moment of truth: Zags wrap up workouts, wait for Thursday’s draft

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by Jim Meehan
The Spokesman-Review

The NBA has already called Austin Daye's name.

He's one of 15 or so draft hopefuls that will be in the "Green Room" with a front-row seat for Thursday's NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in New York. In a text message Monday, Daye, who bypassed his final two years of eligibility at Gonzaga, said he accepted the NBA's invitation and will be accompanied by his mom, dad and other family and friends.

Now, Daye is waiting for an NBA team to call his name. The 6-foot-11 forward, projected to go in the bottom half of the first round in most mock drafts, is one of four Bulldogs with draft aspirations.

Forward/center Josh Heytvelt, who is likely to go in the second round, guard Jeremy Pargo and forward Micah Downs have been evaluated by NBA teams for roughly two months. At one workout in Phoenix, Downs and Daye matched up against each other.

"It wasn't too weird," Downs said. "It's tough that it's that....

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