NBA: Dante Exum decides to enter NBA draft

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Australian basketball phenom Dante Exum has decided to enter the 2014 National Basketball Association entry draft, ESPN reported on Monday.

HIGH SCHOOL TO HIGH LIFE. Australian phenom Dante Exum has declared he will forego college for the professionals. Photo courtesy Exum's Facebook

LOS ANGELES – Australian basketball phenom Dante Exum has decided to enter the 2014 National Basketball Association entry draft, ESPN reported on Monday.

The 18-year-old from Melbourne has decided not to play college basketball and will instead try and turn professional.

Exum is considered one of the top-rated prospects for the draft and is expected to be chosen in the first round. Some NBA scouts have him ranked in the top five, ESPN said.

Exum averaged 18.2 points and 3.8 assists over nine games in last year’s FIBA U-19 championships and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Exum is the son of former Denver Nuggets draft pick Cecil Exum, who also played at the University of North Carolina.

The practice of jumping from high school to the NBA has drawn much scrutiny in recent years, but the practice has launched the careers of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Garnett. – Rappler.com