Dante Exum, the long combo guard expected to be one of the first players selected in this Thursday's NBA Draft, is going to play pro ball without making a stop in college. There was some thought for a while that he would come play American college basketball for a year, and many of the usual suspects—Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina—were on his list. If he had come to play college ball, he would have chosen a different school, however, according to an article by ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Exum finished his high school career in Australia, graduating in December while weighing his options: to realize his dream of playing college basketball or to go directly to the NBA. He trimmed his list to five schools: Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan and Oregon. Cecil (Exum) says that Kentucky's John Calipari even threw out the possibility of Dante joining Kentucky for the second semester of the season and jumping right into the fire...
Dante maintains that he would have chosen to play for Tom Crean at Indiana, the lone school he actually visited, if he had opted to go the college route.
With Indiana's struggles last season, Tom Crean could have definitely used a talent like Exum in his backcourt. Of course, its difficult to blame him, or any college coach, for missing out on the Australian guard. The chance to go directly to the NBA is difficult to pass up.