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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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SALT LAKE CITY — This is a much different Utah Jazz offence than the one that had pronounced scoring struggles throughout last season. Utah dominated around the basket Saturday night and pulled away for a 118-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The Jazz overwhelmed Phoenix in numerous offensive categories. Utah outscored the Suns 66-42 in the paint and enjoyed a 52-34 edge in rebounds. It paid off for the Jazz in transition. Utah outs ...
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Favors has 32 points as Jazz power past Suns

Nov 2 2014 12:16am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SALT LAKE CITY — This is a much different Utah Jazz offence than the one that had pronounced scoring struggles throughout last season. Utah dominated around the basket Saturday night and pulled away for a 118-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns. The Jazz overwhelmed Phoenix in numerous offensive categories. Utah outscored the Suns 66-42 in the paint and enjoyed a 52-34 edge in rebounds. It paid off for the Jazz in transition. Utah outscored Phoenix 3 ...
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Favors has 32 points as Jazz power past Suns

Nov 1 2014 11:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SALT LAKE CITY — Derrick Favors scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds, Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 10 boards, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Saturday night. Trevor Booker added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench to help the Jazz get their victory of the season. Utah dominated around the basket, outscoring Phoenix 66-42 in the paint and enjoying a 52-34 edge in rebou ...
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Favors has 32 points as Jazz power past Suns

Nov 1 2014 11:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SALT LAKE CITY — Derrick Favors scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds, Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 10 boards, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Saturday night. Trevor Booker added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench to help the Jazz get their victory of the season. Utah dominated around the basket, outscoring Phoenix 66-42 in the paint and enjoying a 52-34 edge in rebounds. It paid off for the Jazz in transition. Utah outscored Phoenix 35-21 in ...
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3 weeks ago

Favors has 32 points as Jazz power past Suns

Nov 1 2014 11:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SALT LAKE CITY — Derrick Favors scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds, Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 10 boards, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Saturday night. Trevor Booker added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench to help the Jazz get their victory of the season. Utah dominated around the basket, outscoring Phoenix 66-42 in the paint and enjoying a 52-34 edge in rebounds. It paid off for the Jazz in transition. Utah outscored P ...
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3 weeks ago

Favors has 32 points as Jazz power past Suns

Nov 1 2014 11:16pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SALT LAKE CITY — Derrick Favors scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds, Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 10 boards, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Saturday night. Trevor Booker added 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench to help the Jazz get their victory of the season. Utah dominated around the basket, outscoring Phoenix 66-42 in the paint and enjoying a 52-34 edge in rebounds. It paid off for the ...
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