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A Name to Watch, again: Dante Exum

Dante Exum is a name we’ve talked about here on KSR briefly, but not in great detail. Now with the potential and seemingly likely news that Kyle Wiltjer will transfer schools, the talk about Dante Exum has been brought back onto the table. Dante Exum is a 5-star point guard out of Australia with great size (6-6) who plans to enroll at a college in time for the second semester this season. Exum began to really jump on the scene with his standout play in the Nike Hoops Summit earlier this summer.

The Australian native is in a unique position. Exum turns 18 on July 13th and could turn pro in 2014 after spending a year at the Australian Institute of Sport (how fun does that place sound?). Exum has said though that he would like to play college basketball first before entering the NBA Draft. Exum is currently ranked as the 18th best overall player in the class of 2014.

Over the past few months, Indiana and Louisville have both emerged as two of the schools pushing hard for Exum’s services. Both schools had scholarships available, while Kentucky did not at the time. Even though there was some initial interest between Exum and Kentucky, the lack of an available scholarship made it highly unlikely that Lexington would be the destination after the fall semester.

With Wiltjer’s likely departure, the possibility for Kentucky and Exum to make contact again could gain some traction. Caipari will already have a point guard in Andrew Harrison in place for this season, so it will likely take some convincing to Exum that he could be the Eric Bledsoe to Harrison’s John Wall. IF Exum was interested in staying for another season though, he could be Calipari’s point guard in 2014 after gaining a semester of experience in the system.

ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla sees Exum as a bit of a combo guard anyway, so the fit might not be too outlandish. “He’s tremendous,” Fraschilla said. “He’s in between being a point guard and a two guard.”

Exum seems himself as becoming a big time defender at the college level, utilizing his superior size at the guard position. “I want to be a lockdown defender,” Exum told “That’s one thing I want to be, the guy that can lockdown anyone on the other team and become a great defender.”

Exum has mutual interest from the following schools: Indiana, Oregon, Georgetown, LSU, Louisville, Boiste State, SMU, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and UCLA.

Keep an eye on Dante Exum’s name over the next few months…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

20 Comments for A Name to Watch, again: Dante Exum

  1. Han
    4:34 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Assuming no eligibility issues, would be great to have him. A dynamic player, a defender, hopefully some shooting. We can use the guard depth.

  2. inlinefor9
    4:46 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Splitting the 2-3 positions between AH2, Young, Poythress, and Exum. Yeah I’ll take that. Makes lineup a little smaller, but that’s a very fast lineup. Would love to have this guy and gives us a chance at keeping Young or AH2 for another year.

  3. Jack Nicklaus
    4:49 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I like him…smooth and athletic.
    His game is similar to mine…the way he goes up making you think he is going to dunk, only to just lay it in. My game.

  4. I Say
    4:51 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I do remember watching this kid at the Nike Hoop Summit. Him and another kid from France torched the US team. I just cant see him wanting to get in the mix with Aaron and James for the 2 guard spot and there is no way he wants to come and be Andrew’s back up

  5. inlinefor9
    4:58 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Does he get above the rim much? Not that you have to have that much from a 1-2 position, but seems to play under the rim a lot.

    Think it will be tough to get him to UK though given our situation and the others recruiting him

  6. BigBlue
    4:59 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like he fits our style perfectly.
    Great name too.

  7. Pancreas
    5:07 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Exum will not be enrolling mid year, nor will he be a Wildcat.

  8. Name Required
    5:09 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    He wants to be a great defensive player? Hmm, I can’t think of any team in Kentucky where he would learn to play lockdown defense from a true teacher of the game. He’ll probably sign right up with Cal.

  9. gossie21
    5:35 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    During the NHS broadcast they were saying that Exum wanted to play college ball and wanted to play at least 2 years. Since then it seems like the rumors have been that he would prefer to go pro.

    I would love to have Exum if he is available. Although it may be hard to convince him to come mid-season when the other players are already firmly in their roles and rotations. Indiana was initially thought to be the leader, but hopefully he has learned how creepy Tom Crean is.

  10. Pancreatitis
    5:37 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for your compelling post #7. You are one of my least favorite organs, by the way.

  11. Beavis606
    5:57 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone notice its the same shots over and over from different angles?

  12. Butthead
    6:34 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    UHHHHH…Shut up Beavis!!!

  13. NL
    6:36 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink


    As to mid year enrollment, would he actually start playing with the team in January or wait til the next season?

  14. Michael
    6:41 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Liggins 2.0?

  15. Pancreas
    7:14 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    10.) Mine too-diabetes.

    Anyhow, Exum has already told those close to him that he does not plan on coming to the United States until next summer. And at that point it has not been decided whether he will go straight to the draft or spend a year in college. Come find me in a year and then we’ll talk.

  16. lol
    7:40 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Comparing him to Bledsoe is just stupid; you’re better than this. He’s 6’6 and would not be starting

  17. Mike
    7:41 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Agree w #15. His dad played for UNC and they never even seemed to consider him an option.

  18. CrimsonCee
    7:56 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Guy is locked with IU (only US college he has visited). Sorry guys, but then you have everyone else. Gotta let someone go.

  19. Tim
    6:18 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    He will never wear a Kentucky jersey.

  20. Jack Lord
    11:28 am June 26, 2013 Permalink

    This guy is the best player out there and will be a lottery pick on it!