Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 12:18 pm  |  19 responses

Australian Prep Star Dante Exum Will Skip College, Enter 2014 NBA Draft


After months of speculation, Australian HS star Dante Exum announced earlier today that he will forgo college and instead will put his name in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 6-6 point guard is projected to be a top-5 draft pick in June. He turned heads at the Nike Hoop Summit and FIBA U19 World Championships, and ever since has been considered the top international prep prospect. More, from ESPN: ”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 agents Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency. Pelinka’s clients include Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond. “We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports,” Exum and his parents, Cecil and Desiree, said in a statement to ESPN. “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 really pleased to now begin the work.” Exum and his family met eight different agents in Melbourne during the past month before making their choice Tuesday morning. “We are thrilled and honored to be working with Dante and his family,” Pelinka said in a statement to ESPN. “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 great NBA players.” Exum, 18, is widely regarded as a top-five draft pick by NBA scouts and general managers. He is currently ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s Top 100, and is ranked as the No. 1 point guard on ESPN.com’s Big Board.”

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  • LLC#12

    Can’t wait to see him in the NBA, very bright future. Really excited to see what he can do in the World Cup. Wonder how Australia will rotate Mills, Dellavedova and Exum in their backcourt.

    If Exum/Wiggins gets drafted number 1, Australia/Canada will become just the second none-US country to have TWO number 1 picks. (After Nigeria. Olajuwon, & the immortal, omnipotent, world-conquering Michael Olowokandi)

  • LLC#12

    As an aside, would an NBA team comprised entirely of Rookies be a playoff team next season?
    IE, a starting 5 of Embiid, Randle, Parker, Wiggins and Exum or something with Smart etc off the bench..

  • Saleem Rainman

    This dude is one i am really excited about

  • 360

    So he’ll play right out of HS?

  • Mike

    Forgetting that Andrew Bogut from Australia and Andrea Barnagni of Italy were already number one picks within the past decade I see…

  • LLC#12

    You seem to have misread what I said, Mike. Nigeria is the only country with 2 number 1 draft picks. If Wiggins/Exum is drafted, it would take their countries tally to 2 also.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Anthony Bennet my good sir. Canadian.

  • spit hot fiyah

    no way

  • Jake

    So is the rule about 1 mandatory year of college only for citizens of the U.S.? If that’s the case, I’m surprised we haven’t seen kids moving to Canada to finish high school just so that they can get into the NBA a year sooner.

  • Dfrance

    You don’t have to go to college. You have to be at least 19 and 1 year removed from your HS class graduating. See Jennings, Brandon.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “prep”school, it’s not as common in the US, but it’s like an inbetween HS and College type of school, in the US athletes occasionally go to them when they don’t have offers that they like.

  • i_ball

    In the East that’s a playoff team – in the West not even close

  • Happy

    Seeing as how Andrew Wiggins did the exact opposite I don’t think anyone is going to Canada. He’s the most recent prep to have a shot at being drafted high without college experience, and he chose not to stay in Canada.

  • Aussie

    In Australia, we have years (grades) 1-10 which make up our high school, then 11-12 as our college education, then University (3/4 years typically). Our university is America’s College system. Exum has just finished grade 12, i.e he has just finished Australian College. 360 is somewhat correct i think, he is playing right out of american high school.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ahh so it’s about how long ago he graduated. He’s already out of school. Our American school year doesn’t end until May.

  • Ugh

    It’s kind of frightening to see someone with an Australian education unable to accurately describe something about the Australian education system.

    First, Years 11 & 12 are called ‘college’ only in the ACT and Tasmania, not all of Australia. So that’s about 5% of the “we” occupying this “Australia” you’re talking about. (Why those two areas pretentiously refer to what everyone else calls ‘senior high school’ as ‘college’ I don’t know, but it’s a naming convention only.) The college that ‘college education’ refers to is a tertiary education. Exum has a secondary education. He is a high school graduate. He has a ‘Year 12′ certificate, not a college diploma or degree.

    Second, 1-10 is not high school. 7-12 is high school. Zero year (kindergarten, prep or transition) to 6 is primary school.

    FTR, Exum will be 18 and 11 months at the time of the draft and will have been out of high school for 11 or so months at season starts. How that’s worked out as eligible I don’t really know.

  • keyon dooling

    the bottom line is that as long as you are 1 year removed from high school AND turn 19 by the end of the calendar year (Dec. 31) of the Draft he’s entering. So you can be 18 when selected in June/July as long as you’re a year out of HS and will be turning 19 by the end of the year

  • 360

    ahhh, thanks for clearing that up.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you have to be 19 by the first day of the season. you can’t open a season as an 18 year old. and you have to be removed from high school for a year on the day the season starts as well.