Australian teenager Dante Exum will forgo College after declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.
The 18-year-old Victorian, son of former NBL import Cecil Exum, announced this morning that he had signed with agents Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency, a move which rules him ineligible for NCAA competition.
The move is not an unexpected one, with many experts predicting Exum will be a top-five pick in the draft later this year. If Exum had decided to attend college, he would risk injury and losing roughly $5 million in guaranteed salary.
Exum grabbed NBA scouts attention with his impressive showing for Australia at the under-19 World Championship, where he lead the team in scoring with 18.1 points per game.
The young point guard’s decision was announced via a statement given to ESPN.
“We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports,” Exum and his parents, Cecil and Desiree, wrote 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.”
After signing with Landmark Sports, Exum joins Pelinka’s star-studded stable of clients, which features the like of Kobe Bryant, James Harden and Andre Drummond.
But Pelinka revealed he is just as excited to have secured the signature of the young Australian as he is proud of his formidable lineup of clients.
“We are thrilled and honored to be working with Dante and his family,” Pelinka said in a statement to ESPN.
“As the NBA continues to expand its brand around the world, we feel like Dante’s international story comes at a perfect time.
“We also believe that, with continued hard work and focus, Dante is destined to be a ‘franchise’ point guard in this next generation of great NBA players.”
If Exum is selected in November’s draft, he become the fifth Australian currently in the league, joining fellow Boomers Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes.