There may be a lot of high school basketball talent here in the United States, but Indiana has decided to reach out to the other side of the world. Dante Exum, Australian Institute of Sport (Australia) player, visited Indiana’s campus last Friday.
Exum decided to take advantage of the NCAA rule that allows juniors to make visits after January 1. In the past, players weren’t allowed to make visits until the beginning of their senior year.
The 6’5 shooting guard is ranked among the top 25 players in the Class of 2014 across many expert rankings. Exum is also one of only three players in these rankings that doesn’t play in the United States.
He made a name for himself in July, at the Adidas Nations event in Las Vegas.
“He’s in a unique situation because he’s not easy to get a hold of because of the time difference and it’s not easy for coaches to see him play,” says Evan Daniels, Scout.com recruiting analyst.
“…He built his profile in the U.S. against very good competition. Indiana saw that out in Las Vegas and Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson (Indiana assistant coach) have done a good job recruiting him,” says Daniels.
Indiana is very lucky to have Exum visit them first. The Hoosiers could have the upper hand in getting Exum to commit because he is making such a long trip to visit their campus.
The Australian native is son of Cecil Exum, who played on UNC’s 1982 national championship team. Cecil later played professionally in Australia.