Australian combo-guard Dante Exum has moved one step closer to declaring for the 2014 NBA draft. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Exum has met with at least eight player agencies, giving them a strong impression that he plans to enter this summer’s draft. “I would be shocked if he doesn’t enter the draft,” one of those agents told Yahoo Sports. “He knows he’s a lottery pick, and knows several teams have him very high on their boards. His family knows that this is an opportunity that may not come again.”
This is great news for the Magic. ESPN’s Chad Ford reported that the Magic are very high on Exum, ranking him third on their current draft board behind Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart. Since Exum has played his high school ball in Australia, not much is known about the dynamic player who has dominated in his international opportunities. Still only 18, Exum might be the Magic’s best option to fit alongside Victor Oladipo in the back-court. At 6’6″ he has the size to guard shooting guards, with the ball skills to comfortably initiate the offense. Marcus Smart is a great player, but his skills overlap with Oladipo. Exum would bring variety in addition to some much needed scoring punch.
While Dante Exum still hasn’t closed the door on potentially applying to college, that possibility keeps looking more and more unlikely. He has taken an official visit to Indiana, but doesn’t need to play a year in college to become eligible for this year’s draft. Because the Australian calender is reversed, he graduated high school in November, and chose to spend the year working out at home, training at the same academy that produced Australian NBA players Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, and Luc Longley.
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