Dante Exum

Dante Exum is legitimately a “son of a gun” with his father Cecil Exum winning an NCAA championship with North Carolina (in 1982), being drafted by Denver in 1984 and playing 197 games in the NBL.

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Position Guard
Height 1.96m
Weight 86kg
Date of Birth: 13/7/1995
Born: Mebourne
Junior Association: Keilor (VIC)

 

Dante Exum holds the record for being the youngest Australian to ever play in the NBA (18 years old).

 

He was the youngest ever player to be involved in the men’s national team squad (15 years old).

 

The talented young guard’s rookie season was polarising to say the least with many NBA analysts unsure about what he could potentially do by the time his career has ended. This is easily showcased by the fact he had 14 double-digit scoring games and 11 games where he didn’t manage a point.

 

Despite Exum’s is a tenacious defender with some amazing physical gifts, one being the 6’9 wingspan he possesses despite being only 6’6 tall.

 

 

Dante Exum is the next big thing for Australian basketball fans, he possesses the raw talent which was promising enough for the Utah Jazz to make him a top 5 pick despite having seen little more of his game than an international junior tournament and a mix tape.

 

No matter the length or success of his NBA journey Exum is set to become a decade-long linchpin of the Australian national team and no doubt a huge reason why the Boomers are on pace to record their first Olympic old medal.

 

 

Player Trivia:  Was rated the worst starting point guard in the NBA during his rookie season by ESPN.

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Recent Articles on Dante Exum

 

Australia’s NBA stars are ready for the playoffs

With San Antonio, Utah and Milwaukee all locking in NBA playoff berths this week, we take a look at the Aussies in their respective lockers rooms.   SAN ANTONIO SPURS Patty Mills has been sensational off the bench for Gregg Popovich’s experienced squad, shooting 41 per cent from behind the three point line while averaging 10 points and 22 minutes Continue Reading

How AIS basketball players are among world’s elite

Now known as the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence (CoE), the Australian Institute of Sport basketball program has been the pinnacle of basketball development in Australia.   Aimed at identifying the best talented junior players in the country to develop into players for its national team’s players, the program has been a huge part of Australia’s international success at Continue Reading

Exum’s exit shouldn’t extinguish Boomers optimism

The Utah Jazz today released a statement stating that Dante Exum will be unavailable for off season commitments with the Australian National Team, which led some to despair about Australia’s apparently dwindling medal prospects.   However Dante never figured to be a big piece of this years campaign in the first place.   Coming off of an ACL injury which Continue Reading

Adrian Hurley (Basketball Legend) Podcast #35

“I think there are fundamental things wrong, basketball is attacking the problems from the wrong end, attacking it from clubs, the micro, when it needs to be attacked from Basketball Australia and the NBL, the macro” – Dr. Adrian Hurley discusses fundamental issues with the current structure of the NBL. Head to iTunes to download this episode on your phone or Continue Reading

The Utah Jazz decision to start Aussie’s Joe Ingles and Dante Exum is paying off

It may not be the starting line-up the Utah Jazz envisioned in October, however as giving more minutes to Australian Boomers teammates Joe Ingles and Dante Exum has resulted in most Jazz wins this season since the Jazz begun suffering a number of player injuries (Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans and Rodney Hood are currently all out). When Joe Ingles was Continue Reading

Has Dante Exum Hit a Rookie Wall?

In a broad sense, there was perhaps no better candidate for a collision with a rookie wall than Dante Exum. Unlike the majority of his peers in the 2014 Draft class who either attended a Division I college program or played a professional season in one of Europe’s several such leagues, Exum’s highest level of pre-NBA competition was a couple Continue Reading

The future is bright for Australian Junior Basketball

BASKETBALL Australia’s national shooting coach has predicted a “golden age” for future national teams, such is the level of talent on display at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup. Brad Davidson, who as a player enjoyed a long career in the National Basketball League and was a gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, said Australia’s junior playing stocks were Continue Reading

Ben Simmons will take LSU basketball to another level

Somewhere between the behind-the-back-dribble driving one-handed dunk and the seeing-eye, full-court outlet pass, it occurred to me as I watched Ben Simmons at the Alario Center on Thursday night: Two of the 10 best basketball players in the world under the age of 25 will be playing along the I-10 corridor in 2015. Ben Simmons isn’t in Anthony Davis’ league Continue Reading

LSU signee Ben Simmons as good as advertised

The hype and the expectations surrounding Ben Simmons seem almost unfair to put on the shoulders of an 18-year old. The comparisons to guys like Kobe and LeBron. The tweet from Shaquille O’Neal proclaiming that “LSU just signed the best player in the world” when Simmons signed with the Tigers in November. The dozen or so cameras and tape recorders Continue Reading

Joe Ingles is NBA bound! LA Clippers here we go!

Australian Boomers star Joe Ingles, who has noted that he has turned down NBA offers in the past has used his dominant performance at the 2014 FIBA World Cup to land a spot the the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA> The 26 year old Ingles boasts a 6’8 frame with a 6’10 wingspan. This size sets him up to Continue Reading

 

 Highlights from Dante Exum’s rookie season

 

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