IU set to host elite guard Dante Exum for official visit

  • 01/10/2013 10:50 am in

011012iDante Exum is coming to America.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard, a native of East Melbourne, Australia, will make an official visit to Bloomington this weekend.

Under new rules enacted by the NCAA, 2014 prospects can begin taking official trips on Jan. 1 and Exum didn’t wait to take advantage of the opportunity.

Exum’s father, Cecil, played on North Carolina’s 1982 NCAA Championship team and was drafted in the ninth round of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.

But a NBA career didn’t pan out, which led him to a stop in Sweden and then to the National Basketball League in Australia, where he played for the North Melbourne Giants. The elder Exum became a citizen of Australia in 1989.

Dante, who turned 17 in July, made his presence known on the international scene with some dominant performances in the FIBA U17 Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania. Exum averaged 17.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in that event, including a 21-point effort against a United States team featuring No. 1 2014 point guard Tyus Jones.

Exum was also a standout in the 2012 adidas Nations Global Challenge in Long Beach, California last August.

Now he’ll look for a college home in the United States with aspirations of one day playing in the NBA. He’s had a significant amount of interest, but chose Indiana, which has recruited him diligently, for his first stop.

He’s scheduled to arrived in Bloomington on Friday and will attend IU’s Big Ten home opener against Minnesota on Saturday.

“Indiana has a very strong reputation around the world,” Ian Stacker, Exum’s coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, told Inside the Hall via e-mail. “It is synonymous with basketball and is all a player would be looking for.”

Exum, who can play either guard position, may slot in best currently at the point guard position.

“Dante is very athletic and very quick,” Stacker said. “He is best at getting to the rim and blowing by people in the open court. He is also a very good on and off ball defender.”

While the Hoosiers are receiving the first visit from Exum, they’re not the only school in pursuit. LSU, Tulsa, SMU and Boise State are all in the mix, as is North Carolina. He’s currently rated a 5-star prospect by Rivals.com and a 4-star by Scout.com.

Stacker said Exum has improved his perimeter shooting tremendously over the last year, but added that it’s still an area for improvement as his development moves along. Stacker believes Exum will fit in any program, but an uptempo style may suit him best.

“He needs to improve his 3-point shooting and his general strength,” Stacker said. “An uptempo system [in college] would suit him best, but he has great basketball IQ so will fit in with most systems.”

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  • stroot

    Coach Kenny Johnson made a recent tweet that was not-so-slyly referencing Exum’s visit: “Hope everyone had a good day mate! Im eating at Outback the rest of the week.”

    I know coaches are forbade from discussing recruits before a certain time (after they’ve signed written commitments); was Coach KJ’s tweet something that is permitted/common, or is he skating on thin ice with that sort of stuff?

  • James

    A 5 star PG with Tulsa, Boise State, and LSU in the mix…?

  • Thats a long trip for one night and I’m sure Assembly Hall will blow his socks off for the Minny game that should be a great atmosphere. Wonder if JB is planning on being there as well to talk to Dante. I’ve heard the rumblings that he wouldnt come this far this early just to watch a game, but I dont see a verbal in the cards.
    Anyone know if Crean has ever gone to Australia to watch him? Want to impress a kid? Fly half way across the globe to pop into a game unannounced. Travel budget on the up!

  • Indiana_Banners

    Coaches are barred specifically from mentioning recruits by name before they’ve signed an LOI. They also aren’t allowed to publicize recruits in any way(including putting them up on the video board during a game while they’re visiting).

    Coach KJ’s tweet is more than vague enough to elude NCAA scrutiny. They have much bigger things to worry about. And I’m pretty sure it’d only be a secondary violation anyway.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Coaches are barred specifically from mentioning recruits by name before they’ve signed an LOI. They also aren’t allowed to publicize recruits in any way(including putting them up on the video board during a game while they’re visiting).

    Coach KJ’s tweet is more than vague enough to elude NCAA scrutiny. They have much bigger things to worry about. And I’m pretty sure it’d only be a secondary violation anyway.

  • twarrior87

    Not sure about that, when it comes to IU it doesn’t appear anything is too vague or small enough to elude NCAA scrutiny.

  • He didn’t mention anyone by name, so no, he’s not skating on thin ice. Seems clever to me.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Crikey mate, just show him all the hot Sheilas around campus & he is in! Got a feeling Nick’s will need to start carrying gator bites on the menu … & set me up w/ a Fosters oil can!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Crikey mate, just show him all the hot Sheilas around campus & he is in! Got a feeling Nick’s will need to start carrying gator bites on the menu … & set me up w/ a Fosters oil can!

  • wow, the nba draft had nine rounds (or more?) back then?

  • b_side

    My guess is that not all blue bloods (or other high major programs for that matter) are willing to fork over financial resources needed to recruit a player overseas. Obviously costs a lot more money to pay for Exum to fly to B-town (or any other campus) compared to U.S. based recruits.

  • stroot

    Way back when, there were as many as 21 rounds during certain years in the 1950s and 1960s. It was set to 10 rounds in the mid-70s, then slowly dwindled down to only two rounds starting in the late-80s.

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    Would love to see an “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, OI OI OI!” chant in Assembly Hall during the game

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    Would love to see an “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, OI OI OI!” chant in Assembly Hall during the game

  • Dagwoods

    We had that once, didn’t pan out too well. It was fun though!

  • Joe B

    I dont know why, but my first impression when I watched this video was that he kind of moves and plays at the pace of a skinnier, beardless James Harden. I’ll take that..

  • ErniePyle

    Nice to see Aus pumping out basketball prospects on a yearly basis now. Last year we got Steven Adams and now Dante Exum. Aus is the new Canada.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I had heard a long time ago that “Indiana was the only school Dante already knew for sure he wanted to visit” so I think we have the inside track. I’m sure Crean is doing his best to stay close with him.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Kenny is a great recruiter, and speaking in an Australian dialect would be pretty tough to use as a basis for a violation. I agree, I think it’s clever.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Troy had that Twitter S/O to Dante, that was good to see! Ha I asked him to do that, glad he obliged. Exum is currently at the top of our list IMO. I remember SI’s most recent draft board that Alex tweeted out included Michael Carter-Williams. The evaluation of MCW said that “he is a great distributor and has great size, but lacks the change of pace ability needed in the NBA”.

    I think Exum is much like MCW in that he has size–6’4″–and he’s a good passer. The difference is that Exum has that change of pace ability, and basically gets to the rim at will. If he really is improving his jump shot, he could be near unstoppable. I know there’s a lot of intrigue around international guys, but this guy performed at the biggest stage against the best players in America. And I’ve watched a lot of Lyle (obviously a lot less of Exum) and I really think Exum would be a much better player for us.

  • Miamihoosier

    I like having Indiana kids as much as the next guy, but with the way Trey Lyles and Jaquan Lyle have acted to this point, they might as well be from L.A. They come off as the kind of kids that want people to “show them the love” ………at this point I would be so much more proud to have Dante Exum and Dwayne Morgan in this class with James Blackmon. We will win a national championship with those 3. I hope the Lyle(s) go to Kentucky.

  • marcusgresham

    Red Auerbach selected Landon Turner with his final pick (10th round,) one year in the early 80s. Never was a Celtic fan, but that was a classy move.

  • marcusgresham

    Red Auerbach selected Landon Turner with his final pick (10th round,) one year in the early 80s. Never was a Celtic fan, but that was a classy move.

  • marcusgresham

    Love Coach Kenny! Also doubt it’s the first time he’s seen the inside of Outback Steakhouse!

  • HoosierGrad07

    ESPN and Scout have both said that everyone should expect the big programs to come after Exum now that they know he’s taken a visit to a school as big as IU. We’re sort of “breaking the seal” for everyone else on this one. So hopefully he realizes that we put in the time early and were willing to take the “risk” of spending the time on him from so far away and he becomes a Hoosier!

  • marcusgresham

    6’4″ guard, and I’d guran-damn-tee he’s spent more time in the paint than the last Aussie IU had!

  • marcusgresham

    6’4″ guard, and I’d guran-damn-tee he’s spent more time in the paint than the last Aussie IU had!

  • HoosierGrad07

    haha yeah, reminds me of the good ol’ days of freshman year when Ben would come into our dorm’s cafe all the time and get ice after practice. He was always so banged up but seemed like a really nice guy at least.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I’ve sad it before and I’ll say it again… I’m not sure we want Lyle. He’s a great player and I think he’d do fine at IU, but I think he is a little too high on himself (which is fine, confidence is good!) and if he came to IU, I think in his mind he’d be doing us a favor, not the other way around. In order for this to be a real “team” (cliche, I know), everyone needs to feel lucky that they have an opportunity like this.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    And yes, Dwayne Morgan and Dante Exum share the top spot in my mind for our biggest target. Those two plus a good, athletic 4 (who is a particularly good rebounder) would be an ideal class for us with the players we already had IMO.

  • HoosierPat

    Dante is in for one heck of a surprise. He’s been around basketball but he hasn’t been around Indiana Basketball. Assembly Hall is going to be nuts on Saturday!

  • HoosierPat

    Dante is in for one heck of a surprise. He’s been around basketball but he hasn’t been around Indiana Basketball. Assembly Hall is going to be nuts on Saturday!

  • Soooo.. If we score a 100 points on Saturday, do you think the first 100 fans at the game can get a free draft of Fosters at Kilroys or Nick’s? On a more serious note. I love his game, hope Crean’s diligence in recruiting him pays off and we can get a great ball player like him!

  • ecodustin

    I don’t remember…. who was our other Aussie???

  • Ben Allen.

  • Daniel Coffman

    i like how he protects the ball when he drives into the lane. and that last dunk was really impressive to me too.

  • A TRAIN

    im gonna call it sometime on sunday DANTE will verbal to the hoosiers…ive taken some loooong flights n there brutal…one trip will be enough for him…how bout another shrimp on the barbie

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I have to think with his dad playing for UNC that he got a chance to check out on TV how rowdy Assembly Hall can get earlier this year. That win is looking even bigger now. TV is one thing. The in person visit should blow his mind. Australia has no equivalent for basketball crowds.

  • sghoosier

    Rolleyes!

  • sghoosier

    Btw most americans pronounce ‘aussie’ incorrectly.

    It should sound like ‘ozzie’ and not ‘auhsee’.

  • sghoosier

    Jeez guys.. all this aussie cliche lines. You missed out fair dinkum.

    btw the best compliment you can give an aussie sports person is to call him a ‘battler’.

  • sghoosier

    Jeez guys.. all this aussie cliche lines. You missed out fair dinkum.

    btw the best compliment you can give an aussie sports person is to call him a ‘battler’.

  • Willy_Gladness

    Verdell Jones 6.0

  • No Question

    That’s what I was going to say! He looks like a baller. Can shoot it from deep, and finish in the paint against bigger players.

  • HoosierTrav

    You can watch the replay of the U17 Fiba championship on YouTube. The kid is a flat out stud. Future lotto pick.

  • SCHoosier

    assume one or both of his parents are coming with him. Always good to give the mom and good first impression.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Dante-Exum-36198/

    Exum’s draft express profile. Speaks really, really highly of him. I think he is still being underrated by recruiting services.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Just so long as nobody gets confused and bites a pigeon’s head off, we should definitely try to get this right.

  • yimyames

    this has to happen!

  • Dagwoods

    Have the same feeling. Saw him, Cheney and K.Johnson walking around Campus today. He was smiling and enjoying himself AND the weather was NICE! After experiencing the crowd tomorrow, I don’t see how he can hold back. Hope he takes his time though – I don’t want any impulse decisions that come back and haunt us later.