HoopsHype Dante Exum rumors

June 25, 2014 Updates

Exum's Australian Institute of Sport coach, Paul Goriss, believes the Philadelphia 76ers will use the third overall pick on the point guard. Goriss said the team has called him a couple of times recently, as have the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the second pick, asking what Exum is like as a person and about his strengths and weaknesses. Exum also has a strong connection to Sixers coach Brett Brown, who led Australia's national team and two teams in the country's premier basketball league, the NBL. Bleacher Report

Or as one executive, whose team is not in the lottery, put it: "Whoever takes him, they've got to have big (guts)." "Ultimately," said another, "I think he's a 2-1 more than a 1-2. He's going to have a big learning curve. ... He's got some ability, but he's not a great ballhandler if you're going to be a point guard, he's not really a fantastic shooter if you're going to be a two guard. You can screw it up a lot easier than you can make it perfect." NBA.com

June 24, 2014 Updates

The Cavs were high on Embiid before his foot injury, but rival executives believe Cleveland, which is highly motivated to make the playoffs next season, is unlikely to take a chance on Embiid now. League sources said the Cavaliers are weighing three options: Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum. Sports Illustrated

June 23, 2014 Updates
June 22, 2014 Updates

It’s generally assumed the Philadelphia 76ers will pick guard Dante Exum with the third overall pick. But a person close to the Sixers said Indiana forward Noah Vonleh is drawing keen interest as well. Racine Journal-Times

Exum, the son of former North Carolina player Cecil Exum, is still three weeks short of his 19th birthday, making him an even more attractive prospect. “The teams have an idea of what I am all about,” Exum said about his draft prospects. “But they’ve seen some of the college players play 40-game seasons and they haven’t seen me a lot. It has its advantages and disadvantages because they haven’t seen me since last July [in international play].” Boston Globe

Exum has been working out in Los Angeles since declaring for the draft, and he dropped a nugget on reporters. He is not the same player that is seen on those grainy YouTube videos. “My game has changed a whole lot since those clips,” he said. “I am a get-to-the-rim-type of player and I guess that’s what puts me in a good position to be a point guard and that kind of vocal leader. I have that voice to say to [teammates] what needs to be done. I am the voice on the court for the coach.” Boston Globe

Roy Rana, who coached Exum and Andrew Wiggins to a victory for the World Team in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, said Exum will be an impact NBA player. “I think whoever drafts Exum is going to be very, very pleased,” said Rana, who has coached the Canadian junior team the past two years. “He is a very gifted athlete in a different way. He may not be as vertically explosive as Andrew, but his quickness, his first step, his ability to explode and get into the [paint] is pretty unique and special. He can shoot the basketball. He has great size for a point guard but he’s got enough versatility to play off the ball. “I think he can be a perennial All-Star in the NBA. He’s just that good. I can understand how people could be nervous because there’s not a lot of tape on him, but from what I’ve seen I think it’s pretty bankable he’s going to be a great player in the league.” Boston Globe

June 20, 2014 Updates

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