18-year-old starlet expected to be a top pick in the draft.
NBA prospect Dante Exum has sparked excitement after agreeing to hire a new agent and declaring himself for the 2014 NBA draft.
The 18-year-old returned to Australia back in Autumn last year to finish his high school career and help his team, Lake Ginninderra, to the national schools basketball title last week.
While he had 15 assists in the championship game, it came off the back of an impressive showing at the Nike Hoop Summit in April, which followed a big performance at the FIBA U-19 Championships last summer.
Exum averaged 18 points and nearly four assists per game, as he had a 33-point game against Spain in the quarter-finals before a 28-point game against Lithuania in the bronze-medal clash.
As a result, he is widely regarded as a top-five draft pick by NBA scouts and general managers, and is currently ranked No.4 in ESPN’s Top 100 while being ranked as the No.1 point guard on the Big Board.
“We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports,” Cecil, Desiree and Dante Exum said in a statement to ESPN.
“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 has agreed to hire agent Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency, with the former representing players such as Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond.
The talented Australian can play in both guard positions while his athleticism and skill have been pointed out by experts as being his key strengths.
While they believe that there is room for improvement with his jump shot, the ease at which he is able to get to the basket has many excited about the potential talent he possesses, and many NBA scouts believe that he could be a serious contender for the No.1 overall pick.