Jan 13, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT
Fans in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Utah and a host of other cities are keeping a close eye this season on the guys on top of everyone’s draft board — Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid at Kansas, Jabari Parker at Duke, Julius Randle at Kentucky.
But one guy they can’t watch is Dante Exum, who is playing in Australia.
DraftExpress.com has Exum — a 6’6” combo guard who maybe could play a little three depending on the system — as the No. 5 prospect.
And you can expect him to come out, a number of agents told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Australian Dante Exum has completed meetings with eight powerhouse player representation agencies and left them a strong impression that he plans to enter the June NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports.
I would be shocked if he doesn’t enter the draft,” one agent who recently met with Exum’s family told Yahoo Sports. “He knows he’s a lottery pick, and knows several teams have him very high on their boards. His family knows that this is an opportunity that may not come again.”
Another agent who traveled to Australia told Yahoo: “This is a bright, thoughtful kid – a great family – and they’re taking their time to think all this through. But in the end, I didn’t sense anything that would hold him back from [the draft]. … I can’t imagine him not coming out.”
In theory he could go to college for a year to gain some seasoning, but if you are a top five pick why would you take that risk? Besides, as much as the college people hate to admit this, you develop your game better in the NBA — no limits on practices, better coaching (in general), better competition to push you.
Exum is a big guard who can handle the rock, create for himself and others, can work in the post or on the wing, and looks like he could work in a number of systems. He’s not a great defender right now but there is a lot of potential on that end of the floor. He needs to improve his shot, but that is something teams feel they can work on — you can’t teach athleticism and great court vision, you can teach shooting form.
Exum is going to come and he’s going to go high — and in an NBA where ball-handling guards are at a premium he could make one team very happy.
Apr 28, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT(Edit)
Williams silenced his critics with a 35-point outing, and Jack had some words for Pierce afterward.
Apr 28, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT(Edit)
Apr 28, 2015, 9:50 AM EDT(Edit)
Kidd jumped up and down to make sure to get the timeout he wanted.
Apr 28, 2015, 9:10 AM EDT(Edit)
The Lillard we remembered from last year’s playoffs was back.
Apr 28, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT(Edit)
Can Austin Rivers have another strong game?
Apr 28, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT(Edit)
Houston needs to make adjustments to the new Dallas starting lineup.
Apr 28, 2015, 2:13 AM EDT(Edit)
Without Mike Conley to check him Damian Lillard ran free.
Apr 28, 2015, 1:14 AM EDT(Edit)
D-Will tied his career playoff high with this.
Apr 27, 2015, 11:23 PM EDT(Edit)
Michael Carter-Williams and Khris Middleton combined for 43 points.
Apr 27, 2015, 9:56 PM EDT(Edit)
Series is now tied at 2-2.
Apr 27, 2015, 9:01 PM EDT(Edit)
Washington’s averaged defender distance to the Toronto shooter was 3.55 feet, the closest defense any team played in the first round of the playoffs.
Apr 27, 2015, 7:58 PM EDT(Edit)
The doctor will decide if microfracture is needed while doing a scope.
Apr 27, 2015, 7:17 PM EDT(Edit)
The Cavs will be without two starters for the first two games of next round.
Apr 27, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT(Edit)
Davis was +35 when playing while Green sat, -55 while Green was on the court at the same time.
Apr 27, 2015, 6:22 PM EDT(Edit)
He would have been key against the Bulls to help space the floor.
Apr 27, 2015, 4:59 PM EDT(Edit)
Stats show Boston defended LeBron well, he just hit the shots anyway.
Apr 27, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT(Edit)
I say Smith should get at least three games.
Apr 27, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT(Edit)
They need the swelling to go down to get a sense of his return,
Apr 27, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT(Edit)
Preview socks for the Cavaliers, Heat, Spurs and Warriors
- PBT Extra: Who wins Game 5 between Spurs, Clippers? Flip a coin. 1
- PBT Extra: Rockets must adjust to new Mavericks starting lineup in Game 5 5
- Portland comes from 10 down in fourth quarter to win 99-92, stay alive in series 5
- Bucks stay alive behind big backcourt performance to force Game 6 vs. Bulls 23
- Incredible 35-point performance from Deron Williams leads Nets to overtime Game 4 win over Hawks 11
- PBT Extra with NBASavant.com: Wizard’s defense peaking at right time 2
- Report: Chandler Parsons to have knee surgery, could require microfracture surgery 7
- Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith gets two-game suspension for shot to Jae Crowder’s head 42