Australian hoops star Dante Exum to join 2014 NBA Draft

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Australian young hoops phenom Dante Exum announced that he will join the 2014 NBA Draft where he is expected to be picked in the top five.

The 18-year-old Exum has hired agents Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency. Pelinka’s clients include Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond.

“We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports,” Exum and his parents, Cecil and Desiree, said in a statement. “Our family felt The Landmark Team represented our style and manner of treating people, and in doing businesses.

“We also all shared a common commitment to achieving excellence in all things. The fit is just great and we are really pleased to now begin the work,” the statement added.

Exum and his family met eight different agents in Melbourne during the past month before making their choice Tuesday morning.

“We are thrilled and honored to be working with Dante and his family,” Pelinka said. “As the NBA continues to expand its brand around the world, we feel like Dante’s international story comes at a perfect time.”

Pelinka also believes that with hard work, Exum is destined to be a ‘franchise’ point guard in this next generation of great NBA players.

Exum can play both guard positions and has the ideal blend of athleticism and skill. However, scouts believe that ultimately he’ll be an NBA point guard with elite size (6-foot-6, 188 pounds) as he is very quick with the ball and gets to the rim almost effortlessly.

His jump shot is still a work in progress — the primary weakness in his game. If he were playing college ball in the U.S., many NBA scouts believe he would be a serious contender for the No. 1 overall pick.

Exum’s stock rose with an outstanding performance last summer at the FIBA U-19 championships, where he averaged 18 points and nearly four assists per game. He had a 33-point game against Spain in the quarterfinals and a 28-point game vs. Lithuania in the bronze-medal game.

Exum returned to Australia this fall to finish his high school career and led his team, Lake Ginninderra, to the national schools basketball title last week. Exum had 15 assists in the championship game.

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