Dante Exum

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Dante Exum
No. 11 – Utah Jazz
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-07-13) July 13, 1995 (age 19)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Thomas Carr College
(Melbourne, Victoria)
Lake Ginninderra (Canberra, ACT)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Utah Jazz

Dante Exum (born July 13, 1995) is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was considered one of the best prospects for the 2014 NBA draft.[1][2]

Junior career[edit]

Exum played for the Keilor Basketball Association as a junior[3] and attended Lake Ginninderra Secondary College in Canberra where, in conjunction with, also attended the Australian Institute of Sport.

In April 2013, Exum participated in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit for the World Select Team where he recorded 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in a 112-98 win over the USA Junior Select Team.[4][5] In October 2013, he graduated from Lake Ginninderra and had the option to enroll in college and play college basketball during the 2013–14 season, but he decided against it.[6]

Exum competed in the Australian National High School Basketball Championships held between December 2013 and January 2014, going on to lead his team to the eventual title.[7][8]

On January 28, 2014, it was announced that Exum signed with agents from Landmark Sports and that he will declare for the 2014 NBA draft.[9]

NBA career[edit]

Utah Jazz (2014–present)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Exum was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz.[10][11][12] On July 11, 2014, he signed with the Jazz and joined them for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[13]

International career[edit]

Exum played for Australia in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.[14] Exum averaged 18.2 points and 3.8 assists over nine games at the 2013 FIBA U19 tournament, subsequently being named to the All-Tournament Team. He was also selected in the 2013 Boomers FIBA Oceania Championship squad where he played sparingly in both games against New Zealand.

Personal[edit]

Exum was born, along with his twin sister Tierra,[15] in the Melbourne suburb of East Melbourne to American parents. His father, Cecil, played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and won an NCAA championship in 1982, a team which featured Michael Jordan and James Worthy. His mother also attended North Carolina. Cecil was drafted in 1984 by the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, and later settled in Australia where he played in the National Basketball League for the North Melbourne Giants, Melbourne Tigers and Geelong Supercats.[16][17]

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