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NBA: Aussie G Dante Exum Declares for 2014 NBA Draft
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NBA: Aussie G Dante Exum Declares for 2014 NBA Draft

Jan 28 2014, 11:16pm CST | by

Australian phenom Dante Exum, a 19-year-old, 6'6" guard, has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Australian phenom guard Dante Exum has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.  Exum, together with his family and agent, confirmed his draft commitment to ESPN on Jan. 28. ESPN's Chad Ford, who reports...

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NBA: Aussie G Dante Exum Declares for 2014 NBA Draft

Jan 28 2014, 11:16pm CST | by

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Australian phenom Dante Exum, a 19-year-old, 6'6" guard, has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Australian phenom guard Dante Exum has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. 

Exum, together with his family and agent, confirmed his draft commitment to ESPN on Jan. 28. ESPN's Chad Ford, who reports the Aussie teen has hired Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency to represent him, cites a statement from Exum and his parents, Cecil and Desiree.  

"We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports. Our family felt the Landmark Team represented our style and manner of treating people, and in doing businesses. We also all shared a common commitment to achieving excellence in all things. The fit is just great and we are reallly pleased to now begin the work." 

For his part, Pelinka, a former Michigan Wolverine, said he and his agency are thrilled to have Exum on board. 

"We are thrilled and honored to be working with Dante and his family. As the NBA continues to expand its brand around the world, we feel like Dante's international story comes at a perfect time. We also believe that, with continued hard work and focus, Dante is destined to be a 'franchise' point guard in this next generation of NBA players."

According to Roy Ward of The Sydney Morning Herald, Exum is projected to be a top-five pick among a strong pool of candidates. Should this prove to be true, he is slated to earn roughly $5 million in the 2014-15 NBA season.

On the other hand, Ford says Exum is currently "No. 4 in ESPN's Top 100, and is ranked as the No. 1 point gurad on ESPN.com's Big Board."

Ward then goes into more detail on how Exum caught the attention of NBA scouts.

"Exam burst onto the scene at last year's Under-19 World Championships, leading the Australian team in scoring with 18.2 points a game.

"He caught the eye of scouts with his quickness and ability to get to the rim, while his 2.02-m wingspan gives him an advantage on the defensive end .

"A couple of cameos off the bench for the Boomers in the Oceania World Championship qualifying series with New Zealand gave Exum the chance to play alongside current NBA players Patty Mills and Aron Baynes, who are both at the San Antonio Spurs."  

Exum is still based in Melbourne but will go to the United States during the months just before the NBA Draft on June 26 to train and work out for different squads, per The Sydney Morning Herald report.

He told Fairfax Media six months ago the Australian national team experience has helped honed his basketball skills in preparation for the NBA.

"It's definitely a great learning experience playing with and against them.

"Stepping up against men day in and day out is a challenge. I mean, all these guys are pros.

"One day that is where I want to get to. This has been great for learning and seeing them every day and now they are treating their bodies. It's a confidence boost to know I can hold my own against them."  

Ward also adds the protege's father, Cecil Exum, is a former National Basketball League (NBL) import. The NBL is the professional basketball league of Australia. 

Cecil Exum's Wikipedia page indicates he was a former North Carolina Tar Heel (1980-84) and an ex-teammate of Michael Jordan and James Worthy. A former ninth-round pick of the Denver Nuggets, he played pro ball in the NBL for the North Melbourne Giants, Melbourne Tigers and Geelong Supercats. 

Aside from Mills and Baynes, Ward confirms there are two more Aussies currently playing in the NBA: Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova. 

 
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Jazz See Dante Exum Playing In World Cup As Development Opportunity

Jul 28 2014 9:57am CDT | Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Dante Exum should get a lot of minutes for Australia in the World Cup of Basketball next month. The Utah Jazz see the tournament as a great opportunity for their first round pick. "We’ve had a lot of players ... that have used the national team to help develop their game as young players," Dennis Lindsey said. "We think this is ideal for Dante, who hasn’t had a lot of experience playing against men a ...
Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap   Full article at: RealGM Basketball Wiretap
 

 
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Jazz players look to make an impact on world stage

Jul 28 2014 8:13am CDT | Source: inside hoops

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Early Predictions for Orlando Magic's Starting Lineup Next Season

Jul 25 2014 5:26am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Orlando Magic made their fair share of unexpected offseason moves, including the signings of Ben Gordon and Channing Frye. How do they plan to use the veterans, and what does their addition mean for the young prospects? Will Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon find themselves in the starting lineup next season? It all boils down to one question: Will Orlando focus on developing its many talented youngsters or rel ...
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5 days ago

Orlando Magic Made the Right Choice By Skipping Over Dante Exum

Jul 24 2014 2:02pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

Dante Exum was supposed to be in an Orlando Magic uniform right now. Many NBA Draft experts and Magic fans all thought that Exum would be the Magic’s answer to their point guard woes. Yes, I was one of the “please draft Exum!” boosters, as I thought the Australian would be the key to getting […] ...
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Dante keen for NBA baptism

Jul 24 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: FOXSPORTS.com.au

AUSSIE sensation Dante Exum says he wants to play NBA straight away and will use the FIBA World Cup to launch into his rookie season with Utah ...
Source: FOXSPORTS.com.au   Full article at: FOXSPORTS.com.au
 

 
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Exum cops early NBA reality check

Jul 23 2014 11:42pm CDT | Source: FOXSPORTS.com.au

US VIEW: Dante Exum has officially copped his first NBA reality check. The Aussie mega-talent will be a work in progress in his rookie season a ...
Source: FOXSPORTS.com.au   Full article at: FOXSPORTS.com.au
 

 
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Exum cops early NBA reality check

Jul 23 2014 11:42pm CDT | Source: Fox Sports Australia

US VIEW: Dante Exum has officially copped his first NBA reality check. The Aussie mega-talent will be a work in progress in his rookie season as he adjusts to elit ...
Source: Fox Sports Australia   Full article at: Fox Sports Australia
 

 
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Australia is the next basketball powerhouse

Jul 21 2014 12:22pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Three teenage prospects are set to make the Boomers a major player in future international competitions. Ben Simmons isn't the first high school player to use Peach Jam as a personal stage to showcase the future of basketball. Two years ago, Andrew Wiggins emphatically introduced himself at the South Carolina grassroots event to kick-start an infamously hyped prep career. Simmons doesn't have Wiggins' stunning athleticism or a game custom-built for YouTube, ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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Quin Snyder on the Jazz's Quest to Find an Identity

Jul 21 2014 10:40am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Coach Quin Snyder will lead the young Utah Jazz this season, hoping to establish a winning culture around Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke and Dante Exum in Salt Lake City. What does Snyder expect of his team entering this season? Snyder joins ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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Are Dante Exum and Trey Burke in Each Other's Way as Utah Jazz Point Guards?

Jul 20 2014 10:47pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Dante Exum wasn't even supposed to be available to the Utah Jazz. Almost every mock draft on the Internet had the Orlando Magic reaching for the next Penny Hardaway at No. 4. When they surprisingly took Aaron Gordon, Jazz fans rejoiced. Nobody expected Exum to fall to No. 5, not even Exum himself. According to Jazz play-by-play announcer David Locke, that's why he didn't work out for the Jazz prior to the draft. Exum has insis ...
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