The Straits Times
Published on Jun 27, 2014

NBA: Exum keen to grow game in Utah with Jazz


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Australia's Dante Exum, the NBA draft's mystery man, will have a chance to reveal his talents with the Utah Jazz after being taken fifth overall on Thursday.

Exum chose not to enroll in US college, the more common path to the National Basketball Association, after leading Canberra's Lake Ginninderra College to the national schools championship while he also attended the Australian Institute of Sport.

He then came to California to develop his game and worked out for various NBA teams intrigued by sizzling past performances in the under-19 world championship in Prague and at an exhibition camp more than a year ago.

Even without widespread showcasing, the gifts possessed by the 1.98m quick-footed and sure-handed guard won the admiration of NBA talent scouts and Exum is now eager to shine a light on his talents. "I can't wait to get to Utah tomorrow and start getting to work," he said.