Top prospect Dante Exum has told Chad Ford of ESPN.com that he’ll enter the 2014 draft. The Australian point guard has chosen Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency as his representatives after meeting with eight marquee agencies earlier this month. Most agents came away from their sit-downs with the sense that Exum would indeed decide to go pro rather than enter college.
“We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports,” Exum and his parents said in a statement. “Our family felt The Landmark Team represented our style and manner of treating people, and in doing businesses. We also all shared a common commitment to achieving excellence in all things. The fit is just great and we are really pleased to now begin the work.”
Exum is the No. 4 prospect in the ESPN Insider rankings, No. 5 at DraftExpress and No. 7 at NBADraft.net. He’d be a contender for the No. 1 pick if he were competing against other top prospects in college basketball this season, Ford writes. Exum has been competing on the high school level in Australia this year, but since he’s not a U.S. resident, he can enter the draft without going to college or playing professionally overseas for a year.
The 6’6″ 18-year-old’s decision is no surprise, but it’s probably a relief to many teams in line for a high draft pick this June after last week’s reports that cast uncertainty about whether top-five picks Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker will enter the draft.