Dante Exum

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Dante Exum
Dante Exum.JPG
No. 11 – Utah Jazz
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1995-07-13) 13 July 1995 (age 19)
Melbourne, Victoria
NationalityAustralian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolThomas Carr College
(Melbourne, Victoria)
Lake Ginninderra (Canberra, ACT)
NBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career2014–present
Career history
2014–presentUtah Jazz
 
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Dante Exum
Dante Exum.JPG
No. 11 – Utah Jazz
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1995-07-13) 13 July 1995 (age 19)
Melbourne, Victoria
NationalityAustralian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolThomas Carr College
(Melbourne, Victoria)
Lake Ginninderra (Canberra, ACT)
NBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career2014–present
Career history
2014–presentUtah Jazz

Dante Exum (born 13 July 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 28 January 2014, it was announced that Exum signed with agents from Landmark Sports and that he would declare for the 2014 NBA draft.[9]

NBA career[edit]

Utah Jazz (2014–present)[edit]

On 26 June 2014, Exum was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz.[10][11][12] On 11 July 2014, he signed with the Jazz and joined them for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[13] On 29 October 2014, he made his NBA debut, recording 5 points, 1 assist and 1 steal in the 93-104 loss to the Houston Rockets.[14] Three days later, he scored 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting beyond the arc in 18 minutes of action in the 118-91 win over the Phoenix Suns.[15] On 2 January 2015, he scored a season-high 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the 92-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.[16]

International career[edit]

Exum played for Australia in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.[17] 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. In 2014, he competed for the Boomers in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup where he averaged 2.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in six games.[18]

Personal[edit]

Exum was born, along with his twin sister Tierra,[19] 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.[20][21]

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