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Who Is Dante Exum? Meet The Australian Guard Prodigy

The first true guard taken in the draft may wind up being a player that few people have actually seen play in person. Dante Exum, the 18-year old Australian that is widely regarded as a top-five prospect in the NBA Draft, is one of the most intriguing players in this year's NBA Draft, both for his excellent basketball ability and for how little we actually know about him.

At 6-foot-6, 196 pounds, Exum is generally thought of as a point guard, but he can probably play at either backcourt position in the NBA. Exum broke onto the international basketball scene in 2013, where he impressed at the Nike Hoop Summit, leading the World Select Team to a win over the USA Junior Select Team. He's also shined in FIBA U19 play in 2012 and 2013 playing for Australia. Exum was widely recruited to play college basketball, and recently revealed that he would have played at Indiana if he had chosen to attend college, but instead decided to stay in Australia in preparation for tonight's draft.

Exum also comes from good stock. His father, Cecil, played with Michael Jordan on the 1982 North Carolina Tar Heels team that won a National Championship. He was drafted in the ninth round of the NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, and played sparingly in the league before moving to Australia, where he played out most of his pro career. He remained in Australia even after retiring from pro basketball in 1991.

Exum is a long, rangy guard with a questionable jump shot, but a penchant for getting in the lane and finishing around the rim. He's drawn comparisons to fellow big point guards like Penny Hardaway, and one scout even likened his game to Kobe Bryant, according to NBA insider Chad Ford

Look for Exum to be off the board in the first five picks. The owners of the first overall pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers, even tried to bring the Australian guard in for a late workout. It doesn't seem like he will be their choice to lead off the draft, but crazier things have certainly happened.