Video: Dante Exum highlights at Nike Hoop Summit

  • 04/21/2013 9:39 pm in

Indiana recruiting target Dante Exum (class of 2014, Australian Institute of Sport) helped the World Team beat Team USA 112-98 at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., on Saturday night.

Exum showed off his ability to get to the basket and scored 16 points (6-of-8 FG, 3-of-5 FT) to go along with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

His highlights:

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  • HoosierTrav

    Yeah… He’s legit. I asked Evan Daniels where he would be ranked in the 2014 class if he were playing in the states and he said “50 ish”. I think this is a prime example of how we can’t rely on scouting services in giving us a realistic projection on these kids. It’s easy to get the Wiggins’, Randle’s, and Parker’s right but it takes a keen eye like Coach Crean’s to really let us know who’s who. This Kid WORKED the beloved kids from UK’s class. I just hope he remembers how hard and early IU has been after him from the jump, especially when Calipari tries to get involved late. He will try. He’s so far up his own a$$. He thinks he’s entitled to these talents, even after showing zero interest up until the crunch time. Sad thing is these kids buy this junk. All it’s going to take is a few kids who wake up to the fact that they are lotto kids regardless of where they play, as long as they continue to work hard. This past UK class was a prime example of Coach Cal’s “developmental abilities”.

  • cdog

    I would take Dante over any guard we a recruiting in 2014. You can’t teach his kind of explosiveness to the rim and his J is mighty sweat. JB, Exum, and Goodluck and we can call it a day.

  • Mooks

    The dude is a gazelle.

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  • WisconHoosier

    I like this type of game film, where we can get a sense of the player’s skills, as opposed to a highlight reel of dunks which (we’ve learned) does not.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    We are in the lead as of now for Pinson and Exum. Pinson is a heck of a talent and Exum just worked the best seniors in the country as a junior. I think, as we are involved with the same players, it would be interesting to start playing Louisville. We get Exum and Pinson, UL takes Lyle and D’angelo Russell… Then these backcourts get to play each other. Would be crazy to watch.

    Still hoping Indiana can get Exum, Pinson, and a big (hopefully Okonoboh)

  • MillaRed

    It’s not an easy thing to wait out, but Cal will be Cal. He already has IMO. Tis only a matter of time before he burns another bridge. tic….toc…..tic…..toc

  • Kenneth234

    Exum and Pinson together in Candy Stripes, that could be one of the best back courts that Indiana has ever had, even if it is only for one season.

  • I don’t know if I’d take Dante over Pinson. I don’t know if I’d take Pinson over Dante either. Hopefully we get at least one of the two.

  • HoosierGym44

    Don’t forget JB jr in that backcourt too. If we get those 3 along with either Goodluck or Cliff Alexander, watch out everyone else in 2014.

  • Fark! Kentucky fans are biting at the bit and already trying to picture where he will be sitting when he attends Kentucky. They believe Calipari will work his “magic” and land him. What arrogant fan base. Does that Coach and School have any eye for talent? They wouldn’t know talent if it ran laps around their BEST RECRUITING CLASS EVER. Wait a minute didn’t that just happen?

  • SCHoosier

    With the way he’s recruiting and winning…Cal can burn a bridge and build another one at UK the same season. I don’t see anything short of a felony first class that the UK admin and fan base won’t just overlo0ok. Not to say he has “officially” been nailed with anything before..have to remember..he hasn’t.

  • SCHoosier

    I thought Dante was as good as any point guard on the floor. UK’s Harrison has obvious talent but is a classic “whiner”. He made several bad passes then with body language..blamed the guy he was throwing it too for the busted play. Exum is fearless going to the hoop..and by his own admission wants to develop a floater and pull up. I thought the best pure point in that Nike game was the kid from Germany..Schroeder. Anybody recruiting him ??..or will he stay in Europe to play for national teams and go pro when HE wants?

  • SCHoosier

    I think it all breaks down to “how much playing time can I get how soon…” for most of these kids.U project out IU’s starting line up and Exum and others know they have to compete for the playing time. Maybe not so at a few other schools (UL lost both of its starting guards this year ) Wiggins is uncommitted and will obviously only play college one year. He can go where he wants. If he wants a championship ring he may go to UK and say to hell with playing time..or he could pick Fl. St..and play as much as he wants helping to turn a program around. Hard to judge the intent of these 5 -star young guys and who is in their ear about what.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I really love the offensive firepower/elite shooting of James Blackmon. I really love just about everything about the game of Theo Pinson. I really love Dante Exum’s driving ability. I think they are all elite. Problem is, they are all also either guards or small forwards. As of right now, we have two scholarships for next season. James Blackmon is taking one. We all want Pinson and Exum and we all think there is going to be a need for a big guy (assuming Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin don’t progress significantly). My point is this….we won’t be able to have a large 2014 class so don’t get too excited about potential lineups including Pinson, Exum, Alexander and Blackmon because right now, there’s not room for two of those four. Things could work themselves out but try to keep that scholarship in mind when thinking about your 2014 “wish list”.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Besides Marlin, which one of those guys is walking on? We currently can’t take Okonoboh, Pinson, Exum and Blackmon (even with Vonleh hypothetically going pro).

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think, despite that we will only have 2 available scholarships, that this will be a 4 person class. And, based on Crean’s recruiting in the recent past, I think that’s conservative.

  • CreamandCrimson

    That’s fine and if there are natural solutions (people leaving because they want more playing time, people playing well enough to go pro, etc.), I am perfectly fine with that. However, I still think people should try and keep that 13-scholarship limit in their mind when projecting these things out. That’s just my opinion though. I know we all want IU to have the best team possible filled with the best group of guys possible and done the right way. I just try to remind myself when I see these highlight videos, we aren’t going to be able to get (or have room) for everybody.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I anticipate someone leaves… I’m guessing its Jurkin, Hartman or Davis

  • Your right! Blackmon and Dante Exum! “The rest will work itself out” Alex Bozich want a little “Goodluck” to solve this big issue you just described.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Well, barring a collapse I think Vonleh goes pro. A 4 person class would put us just one over the limit then, much better than we’ve been in the past.

  • calbert40

    That’s the thing. We really don’t know how good Vonleh is going to be. He may be amazing and go pro after 1 year. He may feel he has a few things to work out, and decide to stay for 2 or 3.

    The thing is that CTC has to hope for the best, yet plan for the worst. If he were to assume all of his players would stay for four years, and then a couple jump early or transfer (like this year), he’d be down 3 scholarshipped players. Then he’s fighting for 2 star players against mid and low major schools in the spring signing period.

    Something tells me a lot of the people suggesting he over recruits would be mad that he was underprepared if that happened!

  • cdog

    I think transferring from one school to another is becoming very popular right now for both players and coaches. You are seeing 2-3 transfers at a lot of schools this year. There is too much pressure to win to just allow a kid to take a scholly for 4 years and not develop into a significant contributor their junior and senior years. I can see 1-2 guys on our current roster next year that may never develop in this way. A 2014 class of 4 seems very resonable. As much as we try to personalize IU b-ball with simpathy for certain players, CTC is PAID to win and win big.

  • There isn’t enough fire or flare to Vonleh to assume he is a one and done. There was probably 10 players on Team USA who out proformed Him. Then again, his teamates are Yogi, Will, and Troy Williams. Not the ball hogging Harrison Twins. So who knows.
    One thing I do know is, Calipari is going to to have a few grey hairs after next season.

  • Mel Piepho

    VO is too young to go pro after one year. He won’t be 19 before the NBA draft at the end of,June in 2014, and therefore cannot be drafted by the NBA age,limit rule. Hence VO stays for at least 2 years.


    Think you are exactly right especially on that last part.

  • Can someone help me with this? Everyone is reading that Exum could be on campus and playing this spring. Then Chad Ford tweeted that Exum could be lottery . . . 2014 ( So now teams (including IU) are not just taking 1-and-dones, they’re taking 3 months-and-done?

  • mjwade

    One thing that I really liked about the team this year was the number of players getting their degrees in less than four years. I do not know how that will play out going forward, but it is marvelous to see and it must help to turn over the scholarships.

  • CreamandCrimson

    This seems to be one of the few things you post on this site. You are not correct. The rule is that a player must turn 19 during the calendar year of the NBA Draft. In this case, 2014. Noah Vonleh was born in 1995 and will turn 19 in August of 2014. If chooses to go pro after his freshman season, he will be eligible. Also, “VO” will always be Victor Oladipo.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I agree that people calling CTC and staff underprepared if we were caught with only 10 or 11 scholarship players and were short on depth in a given position because a few guys left early. There’s no doubt about that.

    That being said, I don’t think it’s great to plan out 2014 lineups and say, “I assume Vonleh is one and done” and “I expect Hartman or Davis or Jurkin to transfer so the numbers work out”. Maybe I’m just living in a “Pollyanna” world though.

  • calbert40

    That’s actually not true. He is eligible to go pro after his first year.

    “Players whose 19th birthday falls during or before the calendar year of the draft…” are eligible to be drafted, provided they meet other eligibility requirements (he will). They do not have to be 19 before the draft, but only turn 19 in that calendar year, which Vonleh will.

    His birthday is 8/24/95, which other than making me feel very old, means he will be eligible for the 2014 NBA draft.

  • calbert40

    Well, my contention / question is How on earth do you walk that line?

    Option 1: Recruit 13 scholarship players, hope none leave early. If one (or more) happen to leave early, fight for 2 star, spring signing period players. If this happens, prepare to have an angry fan base.

    Option 2: Make an educated estimation of what the current players on your roster are planning to do (I assume all coaches talk to their better players about this and aren’t surprised) and recruit an appropriate number of players to fill those gaps should they jump early. Then you can fill in any holes in the roster with 4 star players who signed with you earlier. If Option 2 takes place; however, your players who were flirting with leaving early decide to stay, you are now oversigned. Prepare to have your intentions questioned by your fan base in this scenario.

    Both have pros and cons, but I feel as though the cons of Option 1 are far outweighed by the pros of Option 2. JMO.

  • CreamandCrimson

    That’s a fair point and I would agree. Option 2 is better than Option 1. I just don’t like this line of thinking: “we’ll have Player A leave after his freshman season so that we can bring in Player B who is more talented”. Again, I have no answers and I’m glad I don’t have to make roster management decisions. I trust CTC to work the scholarship situation out to best of his ability but while we are talking about this potentially elite 2014 class, I think it’s important to remember there is a scholarship limit that we are going to have to abide by, one way or another.

  • calbert40

    Agreed. I think this is why CTC is recruiting players in the 2015 and 2016 classes. It is just the ability to have options. I too am glad that I don’t have to make these decisions. That has to be a ton of pressure.

    I assume that CTC (and all other coaches) have postseason conferences with each player. Among other things discussed are the incoming recruits and the possibility of increased or decreased minutes. This is the realm where transfers take place. I think it comes down to coach being honest with players and the players then deciding if it is still within their best interest to stay in the program or not. Tough decisions all around.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    Yogi would still only be a junior too. That would be a heck of a lot of quickness on the perimeter.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    I’d take this kid over any other potential recruit in 2014. Very quick, good shooter, solid defender, great athlete, and above all else, seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Make it happen CTC!


    Thank you for speaking for at least one other person on here. Jokingly told Alex the other day when he, once again, pointed out that he could, without a doubt, declare for the draft after one year at IU, that he needed to just stream a banner across the top or bottom of the page explaining that so that he or others didn’t have to keep correcting people on that.