Likely a point guard in the future, Exum's combination of size, skill, athleticism and attitude will likely make him a Top 5 pick and a future star.
Exum completed high school in Australia in December and elected to bypass college and become an early entrant to the 2014 NBA Draft. He did star at the FIBA U19 World Championships last summer in Prague.
18.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.7 spg, .529 2PT, .333 3PT, .609 FT at the FIBA U19 World Championships over nine games.
Exum may be the last player to enter the NBA coming directly from high school with no professional experience.
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What Insiders say:
Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball
"While his counterparts at the top of the draft board, Wiggins, Parker, Embiid and Randle, have been over-analyzed for their weaknesses, Exum has been in a vacuum. With no tournament or league participation since last summer, Exum's stock has risen in comparison. An athletic, smooth guard who likely projects as a point down the line, Exum figures to hear his name called in the top five."
Kris Habbas, NBA Draft Insider
"The summer of 2013 was a coming out party for Exum and since then he has been under the radar while being reviewed as a Top 5 NBA Draft Pick. It was his play in the Nike Hoop Summit and FIBA U19 Championships last year that showcased Exum’s potential. He averaged 18 points, three rebounds and three assists at the U19 while putting in 16 points off the bench in a win at the NHS. He is a smooth 6'6 combo guard that can score the ball off the bounce and creates well for others. Exum is built in the mold of the newer breed of lead guards that have great size, can score, and still lead the offense."
Sam Meyerkopf, Euroleague Adventures
"Probably the most intriguing guy in the Draft from a mystery, plus skills perspective. Exum’s time in front of NBA scouts consists of the Adidas Nations Tournament in the summer of 2012, Nike Hoop Summit last year, and the FIBA U19 World Championships last summer. He’s a combo guard who wants to play point and grew up running the offense. Exum has a super smooth game with a shot that keeps getting better. He was the friendliest and most jovial player at last year’s Hoop Summit, constantly livening the mood among the players. With his driving ability, court vision, and great size for a guard, Exum, from a player and personality standpoint, will look very desirable to most teams."
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Exum, who won't turn 19 until July, excelled both at the Nike Hoop Summit and the Under-19 World Championships in the Czech Republic in 2013. He scored 33 points for Australia against Spain in the world quarterfinals, and more than held his own in Portland. He played in Canberra for a post-secondary school this season and decided last January to apply for the Draft rather than enroll at a U.S. college this year. He's already hired an agent and has been encamped in Los Angeles for the last few weeks -- and, given that his agent is also Kobe Bryant's agent, there's been more than a little speculation that the Lakers have targeted the talented teen.
"I bet you it's going to be a Dion Waiters situation where he's not going to work out for everybody; he's only going to work out for one or two teams," an Atlantic Division executive said. "He's not going to work out for Milwaukee. He's pretty good. All that stuff, for me, I like those kind of talented kids. But when you pick high up there, that's when you've got to know." More>>
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