Exum keen to grow game in Utah with Jazz

Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:16am EDT
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By Larry Fine

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 U.S. college, the more common path to the NBA, after leading Canberra's Lake Ginninderra College to the national schools championship while he was also in attendance at 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 6-foot-6 (1.98m) quick-footed and sure-handed guard won 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," said Exum.

The 18-year-old Exum joins a team with incumbent point guard Trey Burke, who was taken ninth in last year's draft.

"I already spoke to him, and he's excited to have me, and I'm excited to be there," said Exum. "I know we're both going to give up something a little so everyone's happy."

Exum said the fact that new Jazz coach Quin Snyder was a point guard at Duke University was a positive.   Continued...

Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Dante Exum (Australia) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number five overall pick to the Utah Jazz in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports