Australian guard Dante Exum is set to graduate from high school this coming December, but his next move after that is still unclear. Exum, who is considered one of top young prospects in the world, could opt to immediately come stateside and start college in December. Alternately, he could attend an NCAA school starting in the fall of 2014, or forgo college entirely in favor of declaring his intent for the '14 draft as an international early entrant.
While Exum has yet to make his decision, it doesn't sound as if he plans to start college immediately after high school, as he tells Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
"Schools have been saying I can start in early December and play this season," Exum told Goodman. "But if college is the option, I'll stay in Australia, do workouts with the national team and then go to college next August. Playing this season in college is not an option."
If he does decide to enroll in an NCAA program, Exum figures to choose one of five schools: Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan or Oregon. Still, the 18-year-old tells Goodman that he's 50/50 on whether to declare for the 2014 draft or to attend college a year from now, which would make him ineligible for the NBA until at least 2015.
Currently, both ESPN.com's Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com rank Exum as the third-best prospect of the 2014 class, behind only Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Julius Randle (Kentucky). Barring any setbacks, he projects as a top-five pick in the '14 draft, assuming he declares his intent.