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The Forgotten 2014 Point Guard?



With the news yesterday, John Calipari and the staff will have to look for a new option at point guard for the 2014 recruiting class. Tyler Ulis and Tyus Jones already have offers on the table from UK, but there is one highly touted point guard that has not received much buzz despite his high skill level. Dante Exum is a 6’6″ point guard from Australia who has received interest from many top schools. 6’6″ means he fits the moniker of Calipari point guard from a physical perspective. There was some buzz about him early in the summer, but the recruiting talk on Exum has gone quiet.

Exum splashed onto the recruiting scene with his play in the Nike Hoop Summit and FIBA U19 World Championships. He was on the All-Tournament team for the FIBA Championships after carrying his Australian squad to the semi-finals. The big question is why is Exum so forgotten in the 2014 point guard talk? The answer is Exum’s indecision on playing collegiate basketball next season. Exum already turned 18 and he is born outside the US. Both of those factors allow Exum to be eligible for the 2014 NBA draft unlike his fellow members of the 2014 recruiting class. While there is no doubt Exum would be a great addition to the 2014 draft, he has not fully committed to the idea partially because the 2014 draft is considered to be one of the more loaded draft classes in recent memory with point guards like Marcus Smart and Andrew Harrison likely to be in it.

Coaches like John Calipari, Tom Crean, and Roy Williams are hoping Exum chooses to stay a full year in college, sooner rather than later. All three coaches would be in a hotly contested battle for Exum. Crean has been recruiting Exum longer than the other two coaches, and Indiana was considered the favorite at one time. Williams has a trump card with Exum since his father played at UNC alongside Michael Jordan. Of course, Calipari has his track record with getting point guards to the NBA and the usual draws we know too well.  There’s no doubting Exum’s talent. Matt Kamalsky of Draft Express loved Exum’s game from what he saw at the Nike Hoop Summit last spring. “An adept passer with speed to burn in the open floor, a great motor and an exceptionally high basketball IQ, the rest of the game comes easy to Exum. He plays with his head up, fills lanes on the break, and rebounds well for a guard. He’s a versatile defender with great quickness, improving physical strength, and a team-first mentality,” Kamalsky noted.

Until Exum makes a decision on playing college ball, he will likely remain the “forgotten point guard” by most people. Tyus Jones, Quentin Snider, and Tyler Ulis are point guards that will receive all of the recruiting buzz. If Exum does decide to attend college, expect a long recruiting battle between some of the blue bloods for a point guard with ideal size, handling, and passing.


Article written by Jay Hochstetler

I live the sad but addicting life of tracking where 15-18 year old gentleman are considering for their collegiate basketball careers. Follow me @JayHochKSR

22 Comments for The Forgotten 2014 Point Guard?

  1. In Cal We Trust
    11:03 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Larry Brown did well to get Mudiay, but in Cal we trust…Cal will get a guy that will do well in his system.

  2. Tennessee Wildcat
    11:07 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Exum would be a better option than anyone left and would be probably better than anyone in the 2014 class. This point guard recruiting for 2014 could end up better than we expected in the end if Exum decides on UK.

  3. Reggie Hammond
    11:09 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Exum will enter the 2014 NBA draft, no doubt about it. 2014 is shaping up to be a down year for Cal on the recruiting front. Looks like we will have another Ryan Harrow season in 2014-2015. Winning a title this year would certainly lessen the blow substantially. I hope we get #9.

  4. jch67
    11:13 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    The actual “forgotten” 2014 PG for UK happens to already be on the team – Dominique Hawkins.

    From the sound of it he’s certainly turning some heads and its pretty certain he won’t be seeing much PT This year. 2014 (and maybe 2015??) look to be his year/s.

  5. Expertsd
    11:16 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Most experts are saying he isn’t going to college.

  6. KevinM
    11:28 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with 4; time in practice will determine if DH is ready to take on a bigger role in ’14.
    Exam better go pro because he will expose his weaknesses in college.

  7. Rise
    11:29 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with #3. It’s looking like 2014 is a down year for recruiting. Even worse than last year. With all the players we will be losing next year their isn’t enough talent in the 2014 class to replace them. Hope I’m wrong but I foresee 2014-2015 to be like 2012-2013.

  8. jch67
    11:48 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    ’14 may be a down year for recruiting but, I think we’ll have more returning players than you expect.

    Dakari Johnson – definite possibility to return
    WCS – outside chance, depending on development of Johnson
    Harrison PG – most likely gone (sorry, don’t remember which twin is which!)
    Hawkins – definitely returning barring an epic year
    Harrison SG – definite possibility to return
    Young – strong possibility to return especially if Harrison SG has a good year and gets majority of PT
    Randle – gone
    Poythress – probably gone but, if Randle takes all the PT he may be back
    Willis – definitely back, probably a non-factor though
    Marcus Lee – probably returns???

    I just don’t see us sending 8 guys to the draft….

  9. Larry my ass...
    11:50 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    At 72, what more does he want to accomplish other than steal recruits?

  10. wildcat b louisville
    11:52 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Why are people talking about a down year in recruiting ok we missed out on mudiay I’ll take Hawkins with a year of practice against drew Harrison surround him with Vaughn s.johnson lyles towns Blackmon jr and a few players from this years teams #trustincal we’re going to be ok

  11. jch67
    11:56 am August 25, 2013 Permalink

    #10 – agreed

  12. vudu
    12:11 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Forgotten by who? No one.

  13. NIT on the horizon
    12:49 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Another NIT for Cal and JoAnn will start calling him greasy Italian

  14. Catfan93
    1:08 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Marcus smart is already proven and will have a great year and will be drafted in the top 5. Andrew Harrison will be a beast and also will be drafted in the top 5. If exum wants to be the top pg drafted or in top 5 to 10 this is not the year. Next year mudiay will never be seen on tv and people will question the completion he played against in one year in college. His stock from not coming here will hurt him a ton. And tyus jones going to duke well if he leaves after one year he won’t get drafted high and I think tyus stays at least 2 years. Cal needs to go after exum and get him and after he is here for a year he will be drafted in the top 5 and no one will even remember mudiay.

  15. TrueBlue
    1:12 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    What yall think about this? I wonder if Polson would consider redshirting? I do not see any real minutes this year, but a season to practice and continue to develop, could be at least a help @ pg for next season. He could prob complete any master’s degree in that amount of time.

  16. Catfan93
    1:20 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I think our 2014 class will end up being exum at pg, Vaughn and Blackmon at sg, Stanley Johnson at sf, trey lyles at pf, Karl towns at c. If that ends up being the class no question it will be ranked number 1.

  17. bnclay
    2:04 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I want Exam on the team badly. And he has a great name can’t you here Leach “DAUNTE EXUM slams it down.

  18. Calmdownclowns
    2:34 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    You people just need to chill the fug out! You act like we aren’t going to get the number 1 recruiting class again. If you think otherwise, you are misinformed and very dumb. Last I checked, 6 of the remaining top 10 players are still considering the cats. Not to mention, one of those top ten players is already committed (Towns). We will end up with at least 3 of the top ten. That in itself could be considered the number 1 class. Also, we will get another 2 to 3 players (at least) from the top 25 or top 30 range. With all things considered, I have come to the conclusion that many of you are complete morons.

  19. Catlogic15
    2:41 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Exum will be a lottery pick in 2014 and will never play in college.

    Cal may have a shot at Jones now. Hopefully he changes his visit to BBM. But a visit on the 27th at least gives him a lot of face time with Cal and staff.

  20. Ukbradstith
    4:30 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    I think we should get snider and the 5 9 guy, those 2 plus Hawkins coming back could give some options. Or like the other poster said polson could redshirt but I don’t see him improving much more, although he would get more playing time in 2014.

  21. Doo Doo Brown
    6:02 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    Like Hawkins, Dante Exum is not a PG.

  22. Niner
    6:40 pm August 25, 2013 Permalink

    8) You are wrong sir,

    Dakari Johnson — 3 of the top 5 NBA Mock Drafts have him in lottery…
    WCS — Top 10 guy in 3 of the top 5 NBA Mock Drafts
    Harrison PG — Gone
    Hawkins — definitely returning
    Harrison SG — Gone
    Young — Young is projected a lottery pick in 2 drafts and a top 10 pick in the other 3…he is gone.
    Randle — gone
    Poythress — Will have a great year and will play his way into lottery
    Willis — definitely back
    Marcus Lee — will probably return

    so with that:

    We need the following:

    PG, SG, SF, C

    PG – I think we are higher now for Tyus Jones but it will be a dog fight, if not him Tyler Ullis will be the guy.

    SG – Vaughn and Blackmon

    SF – Stanley Johnson (Best player in this class)

    PF – Trey Lyles

    C- Karl Towns