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Report: Australia’s Dante Exum to declare for NBA Draft

Jan 28, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

Dante Exum is an Australian 6’6″ point guard who has had scouts drooling over both his current skill set and his NBA potential for well over a year.

Many executives of teams currently projected to end up in the lottery have yet to see him play in person, but that’s likely to change over the next few months with Exum reportedly ready to declare for this summer’s draft.

From Chad Ford of ESPN.com:

Australian phenom Dante Exum has decided to declare for the 2014 NBA draft, his family and agent told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Exum has agreed to hire agent Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency. Pelinka’s clients include Kobe BryantJames HardenAndre Iguodala and Andre Drummond. …

Exum’s star rose with a terrific Nike Hoop Summit performance in April followed by a big performance last summer at the FIBA U-19 championships, where he averaged 18 points and nearly four assists per game. He had a 33-point game against Spain in the quarterfinals and a 28-point game vs. Lithuania in the bronze-medal game.

I got a look at Exum at adidas Eurocamp in Italy last summer, but only technically. He was dealing with a stress fracture in his foot that prevented him from being a full participant, but seeing him go through a light shooting workout and hit from all distances with ease, you can see why teams will be interested.

Exum is projected to be a top-five pick, but plenty can change between now and June 26. Check out the video clip above, which is an extensive preseason breakdown of Exum put together by the good folks at DraftExpress.

  1. aboogy123456 - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    This guy has the potential to be a star in the nba for a long time, very excited to see more of him. He has 6’9 wingspan with incredible lateral quickness, suggesting he can be a great defender, but he also plays smart and can attack on offense. I think he’s the number four pick, behind wiggins, embiid, parker.

  2. money2long - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    just think if the lakers got a good draft pick…

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      yess money that’s what I’m rooting for! It’s been 20 years since the lakers have had a really good point guard and this could be a great one. Kobe needs help on the perimeter, people forget that in addition to his scoring responsibilities he has to guard the best perimeter player on the other team pretty much his whole career. Kobe shouldn’t do that anymore and Exum would take the pressure off.

  3. kb2408 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    And now starting at point guard for your Los Angeles LAKERS….Dante Exum!!!!

  4. fnc111 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Parker is going to stay at Duke one more year.

    • kb2408 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      That is highly doubtful. I think there is a better chance that Wiggens stays a second season at Kansas.

      • caeser12 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Exactly. Parker has no reason to stay, Wiggins is not ready, kid looks over-matched, and overwhelmed at times, decent player though.

      • bougin89 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Adidas will have the most say on whether or not Wiggins stays at Kansas or not. Whether Wiggins is NBA ready or not won’t matter, it will strictly be a business decision.

    • spliff219 - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Hes not gonna stay. hes gonna be the first overall pick

  5. knoxxlive - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    aboogy123456
    Your funny if u think Embid is going ahead of Parker, but we don’t really know guess that’s why we’re not draft experts right and they are

  6. knoxxlive - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    aboogy123456
    Your funny if u think Embid is going ahead of Parker, but we don’t really know guess that’s why we’re not draft experts right and they are

  7. spliff219 - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    At 6’6 I wonder if he could scoring SG. I would love to see him next to Rose

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