Dec 03, 2013 10:40 AM EST
Dante Exum is scheduling meetings with several prominent agents over the next month in Australia as it becomes increasingly clear he will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"I want to make a decision by February," Exum told the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday. "It shouldn't be too hard [a decision] to make."
Exum is widely expected to be a top-4 pick in the draft should he declare and he has an outside chance of going as high as first overall.
There has been a chance that Exum would come to the United States for a season of college basketball.
Dec 02, 2013 11:24 AM EST
Dante Exum is a probable top-4 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft should he declare himself eligible.
''The hype is valid because of the excellent character that he has,'' Ginninderra coach Jason Denley said.
''To be honest, I haven't been thinking about it too much,'' Exum said. ''I am back home but my mum is still in Singapore, so she is going to head back soon. After that I will make my decision with my whole family.
''I want to get it done by February. It shouldn't be too hard [a decision] to make. But I just want to make sure I use my time right so I make the right decision.''
Exum had a highly impressive performance at the FIBA under-19 world championships in the summer.
''There has been a lot of hype but I have kind of been undercover being in Australia,'' Exum said.''I don't mind it and I have adjusted well to it.''
Nov 27, 2013 3:00 PM EST
Ron Baker is the leading scorer on the No. 12 ranked Wichita State Shockers and is becoming a more highly regarded NBA prospect.
Baker is a 6'3, redshirt sophomore combo guard.
"Myself and a lot of NBA scouts are very high on Wichita State's Ron Baker," wrote Chad Ford. "He's sitting in the 40s on our Big Board right now, but the more I watch him play and the more I talk with scouts, I think he ends up as a potential first rounder -- especially if scouts are convinced he can play the point in the NBA."
Nov 27, 2013 1:58 PM EST
Andrew Wiggins has the highest offensive rating among potential No. 1 picks at 134.2, according to data from KenPom.com.
Jabari Parker ranks second at 125.4, followed by Julius Randle (118.3) and Marcus Smart (116.9).
Nov 20, 2013 12:30 PM EST
Rodney Hood has had an excellent start to his sophomore season, averaging 21.8 points on 72.3 percent shooting from the floor and 72.7 percent shooting from distance.
Hood, a 6'8 small forward, began his college career at Mississippi State and transferred to Duke in 2012, sitting out last season.
"Scouts all morning say he’s a lottery pick," wrote Chad Ford.
Nov 19, 2013 11:55 AM EST
Andrew Wiggins has been impressive to start his freshman season at Kansas, averaging 19 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Unlike Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, Wiggins has a smaller role in his offense at this point.
"I think he can be a player that plays a lot like Paul George does," one veteran NBA executive told ESPN.com. "He's so smooth that at times it almost looks like he's coasting. But when you watch closer, you just see the game comes so easy to him. With his length and explosiveness, he's going to be able to do whatever he wants once he gets it. And from everything we can gather in looking into his background, he's going to get it. I'm not sure how we could pass on him if we had the No. 1 pick. The other guys might be more ready right now, but in three years, I think he's the best player in this class."
Nov 19, 2013 11:52 AM EST
Julius Randle has the capacity of being a low-post scorer and a stretch 4, which makes him one of the most promising power forward prospects in years.
Randle has averaged 20.5 points, 14.3 rebounds on 62 percent shooting in his first four games at Kentucky.
"I think he's the surest thing in the draft," one GM said. "There's nothing he can't do and there just aren't that many bigs in the NBA with that set of skills. He's going to be a 10-time All-Star and will make a major impact on your team in Year 1. Wiggins might have a little more upside and [Parker] is so attractive as well, but if you take someone else, you're really risking your job."
Nov 19, 2013 11:50 AM EST
Dante Exum is 6'6 guard capable of playing both point guard and shooting guard out of Australia. Exum is finishing up high school in December and could skip college altogether to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"I know everyone is so excited to see Jabari and those guys dominate," one GM told ESPN. "I know the old guard is going to play it safe. But maybe I'm young and foolish, but I think Exum ends up being the guy everyone wishes they took in a few years. All of them are going to be great, but when you watch Exum, you see the ability to be a generational talent. My owner might kill me, but I think you take Exum, regardless of what the other guys do this year. Exum's already proved it to me."
Exum had an outstanding showing in the FIBA Under-19 Championships and may challenge Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle for the top pick.
Nov 15, 2013 11:42 AM EST
Kevin Durant closely watched Kansas defeat Duke this week and came away impressed by both Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
"That [Parker] kid is amazing," Durant said. "I think he is the best player in the country. Him and Wiggins are like '1A' and '1B.' Those guys are going to do the one-and-done thing, do it early. They are going to do really well in college and lead their teams to, I think, the Final Four. That's kind of like, 'Close your eyes and pick one.' You're good with either one of those guys.
"I love Jabari's game. He's so skilled. He has it all right now. Wiggins is on another level with God-given ability. You look at him, you can tell he's going to be really big and fill out a lot. He's really athletic."
Durant credits technology for why so many young players enter college with an advanced skill-set.
"You can basically go to [search] your favorite player and watch film," Durant said. "You can go on YouTube and type in 'LeBron James' and watch every move he does, break it down and work on it. It's simple. When I was coming up you had to figure it out. I'm seeing [young] guys shooting fade-away and Euro-step floaters.
"Where are they getting this stuff? They're just watching these guys thoroughly [on video] and breaking it down. Some of these kids have access to going to my camp, or LeBron's camp or D-Wade's [Dwyane Wade's camp], getting 1-on-1 instruction. It's amazing. The game is growing."
Nov 12, 2013 11:26 AM EST
Andrew Wiggins has frequently been called the best NBA prospect to come out of high school since LeBron James, but some are questioning his motor and others like some of the other talented players in the anticipated 2014 NBA Draft.
"Until Wiggins learns how to play hard, he's Kansas' third-best freshman," said one NBA scout.
Wiggins "is not always playing hard and motivated," an NBA scout said. "That scares people. That scares me a little. You need a gym rat, someone that absolutely loves it. It's 82 games. It's tough. Those guys are harder to win with than guys who love it."
One NBA scout said Wiggins' "worst-case scenario" is Vince Carter.
"He's not LeBron," one NBA general manager said. "It's not his fault regarding all the hype. People say he's pretty humble. He's a top-three pick for sure, if not No. 1."
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