Playing overseas can be a bit of a disadvantage for a player, but Dante Exum has been squashing that stereotype. The 6-foot-6 point guard from Australia might be this year’s most intriguing draft prospect and everyone wants to get a good look at the next star point guard in the NBA.
At the NBA combine this weekend, the media has been following Exum’s every move like an oversized shadow. The point guard is intriguing to many because no one has gotten a good look at his play up close since he plays thousands of miles away. All these NBA scouts have had to rely on is his game film — and sometimes that’s not a good enough barometer of skill.
Well, despite the fact that he’s only given measurables thus far, NBA scouts are still in love.
Exum knows how much of a mystery his game is and he had this to say:
“They all have an idea what I’m about. They’ve seen some of the college players play 40-game seasons, but they haven’t seen me.”
The Australian phenom toyed with the idea of playing college ball in Bloomington, Ind., with Tom Crean the Indiana Hoosiers, but decided to give it his best shot at the next level — obviously a solid choice seeing as he’s a projected top-seven pick.
Exum could go as high as No. 2, claiming that he’s already had an interview with the Philadelphia 76ers.
So why are scouts so excited about the potential of this kid and his measurables? Well, he stands 6-foot-6 — already big for a point guard — and has a wingspan of over 6-foot-9. Yes, that’s literally unheard of for NBA point guards.
Add all that to stellar handles and passing skills and you have one scary prospect.
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