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ESPN just threw him in the draft mix as their number 3 behind Randle/Wiggins and called him a dark horse for the #3... Now when they say dark horse I have to imagine they're saying Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle both blow out their ACLs type of situation. He's not surpassing them without playing any college ball this year.

Has anyone seen him though? He sounds like a potentially great point, if he's as athletic and skilled as they say. He's a solid 6'6 188 at only 18 years of age, he'd be one of the very youngest in the draft. They claim he has the talent and athleticism to truly play the point. He brings a hell of a lot of size to the table for a PG, considering he's likely to grow.

If he's got most of the talent they say he do, is he a Magic-mold PG? Not saying I'm comparing him to Magic in terms of talent level AT ALL, not interested in going there. But does he bring the same sort of "Very Poor Man's Magic" skills to the table?
 

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I have not and probably will not get the opportunity to watch him enough of him before the draft to judge whether or not he can play PG in the NBA. But from what I got to see from him at the Hoop Summit and FIBA U19 he has good handles, a nice jumper, and the ability to get to rim with easy but he tend to struggle finishing when the opposing team had size to protect the rim. I do not know if he warrants a top 3 selection but he definitely someone a team picking high should take a look at.
 
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Looks more like a less athletic Penny Hardaway than Magic to me.
 

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I was really excited when LSU got his former teammate Darcy Malone signed as I hoped it would potentially lead to Exum maybe coming to the Tigers as well. He's got a lot of talent and hes one of the players Ive been keeping an eye on. Thanks for the videos guys.
 

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Exum has just climbed to #3 overall on Chad Ford's Big Board (behind Wiggins and Randle).

Exum had the biggest summer of any player on the Big Board. He was awesome in the FIBA U-19 championships this summer, averaging 18 PPG and nearly 4.0 APG. A 33-point game against Spain in the quarterfinals and a 28-point game in the bronze-medal game versus Lithuania were highlights. He seems to have the perfect blend of size, athleticism and skill to play either the point or the 2. Add in his rangy defense, and he's a true two-way player. He graduates from high school in December and, technically, if he wanted to he could join an NCAA team for the second half of the season. However, he may not have to. He impressed scouts enough this summer that he seems like a lock to be a top-5 pick if he declares for the draft. He's also a dark horse for the No. 1 pick.
If Ford is right about his ranking right now, it seems like it's in his best interest not to play too much from here on out.
 

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Canberra teen Dante Exum is tipped to be a top-four NBA draftee

He looked a man among boys while stalking the showcase court on the opening day of the Australian Schools Championship at Kilsyth Basketball Stadium, which is why Melbourne teenager Dante Exum is a projected top-four pick in next year's NBA draft - should he nominate.

While the scouting reports of NBA experts have listed the mechanics of his outside shooting as a minor issue, Exum confirmed his ongoing improvement on Monday by coming off a screen and burying a three-pointer from the wing - from just in front of where his father Cecil, a former NBL forward, sat.

A minute later, the 198-centimetre 18-year-old combination guard dribbled the ball down court and buried a pull-up three-pointer.

And if the small but appreciative crowd of fellow teenagers and NBL and Basketball Australia types was looking for an exclamation mark among his 32 points in leading his Canberra college team Lake Ginninderra College to a six-point win over Caulfield Grammar, it came with a one-handed dunk to finish an alley-oop.

Exum, who also flourishes when slashing to the hoop, is still raw but he clearly has a gift to play elite basketball.

''The hype is valid because of the excellent character that he has,'' Ginninderra coach Jason Denley said.

That hype will only gain momentum should, as expected, the Australian Institute of Sport product, and emerging Boomer, nominate for June's NBA draft.
Exum, in Canberra on an AIS scholarship, says he will decide by February whether to do so, a move that would make him an instant millionaire. NBA draft experts, and leading US sports website ESPN, believe he would be a top-four selection and could even go No. 1 should he not want to spend at least one year developing at college level.

''To be honest, I haven't been thinking about it too much,'' Exum said. ''I am back home but my mum is still in Singapore, so she is going to head back soon. After that I will make my decision with my whole family.

''I want to get it done by February. It shouldn't be too hard [a decision] to make. But I just want to make sure I use my time right so I make the right decision.''

Next year's draft promises to be one of the deepest, and best, with several players, including Exum, viewed as potential ''franchise'' players able to carry a team for a decade.

College stars Jabari Parker, the do-it-all Duke forward, Kentucky power forward Julius Randle, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, Arizona's Aaron Gordon and Kansas' Andrew Wiggins are also coveted selections.

Exum, for the time being, is happy to stay in what he believes is relative anonymity in Australia, but NBA scouts are well aware of his ability, and a prominent US-based website, the Bleacher Report, is following him around this week. It's also hard to hide when you were named as an All-Star five at the FIBA under-19 world championships this year.

''There has been a lot of hype but I have kind of been undercover being in Australia,'' Exum said.''I don't mind it and I have adjusted well to it.''
Denley agrees, and says Exum's willingness to compete for his high school team - when this time next year he could be facing the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durrant and James Harden - underlines his maturity.

''There is a lot of pressure on him, but he is very grounded and he is keeping it all in his stride,'' Denley said.

''Dante could be thinking about that next stage, which is a massive stage, yet he has still shown the willingness to come and compete for his school at the Australian School Championships.''

Exum keeps a close eye on the performances of all fellow NBA draft prospects, but does not believe the likes of Parker and Wiggins have an advantage in terms of improving their ''stock'' because they are at college where players are meticulously drilled and learn the nuances of the game.

''They are getting an advantage and a disadvantage,'' he said. ''They might play bad and go down [in rankings]. It's the same with me. I am over here, not playing and they are not seeing me, but still my stock stays up.''

Exum has worked hard on his shooting. ''At the moment the things that we have been working on through the AIS and through his junior programs is definitely his outside shooting, his consistency, and also the ability to handle contact and traffic,'' Denley said.
 

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The National Schools Basketball Championship event happens yearly in Australia but this year there was different; never has there been a player like Dante Exum on the circuit, right now he's projected to in the top 5 of next years draft. He's still relatively unknown but he showed his entire arsenal against the weaker opposition during the past week.

Below are some statistics from his games:

14 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals, 1 block (25% fg, 33% 3pt)
37 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block (37% fg, 8% 3pt)
33 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 blocks (42% fg, 50% 3pt)
37 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals (47 fg, 50% 3pt)
23 points, 6 rebounds, 15 assists, 4 steals, 1 block (26% fg, 31% 3pt)

Over the week he almost averaged a triple double along with 30 points a game. This is an amazing statistical feat on any stage whether or not it's international or not.

Teams have been zoning Exum and for most part he was punishing them with his supposedly 'bad' shooting game. It was on full showcase this week as he proved that his perimeter game is much improved.

Dante was playing next to another AIS player in Jack McVeigh. The duo lit up the tournament and ended up taking home gold for the week.

No doubt scouts where zoning in on him this week, his stock may have risen with statistical performances like this. Though the competition was not at an extremely hard level he's shown he's on a completely different level to the rest of Australia's young basketball talent.

Check out the drive and dunk earlier this week:

http://hoopsactive.com/threads/dante-exum-tears-up-national-schools-championship-nearly-averages-a-triple-double.979/
 

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That clip makes it look like he's playing JV ball.
 

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Despite there not being a ton of information available, his stock seems to be high. I would be shocked at this point if he wasn't a top 5 pick.
 
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