By Chris Mannix
May 16, 2014
Dante Exum isn't well known to NBA fans yet, but he'll likely be a top-five pick in next month's draft.
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More than that, really. Next month an NBA team -- probably one picking in the top five -- will nab Exum and place the future of the franchise on his slender shoulders. A little background: Exum is the son of Cecil Exum, a reserve forward on the Michael Jordan-led North Carolina teams in the 1980s, whose claim to fame was that he would never let Jordan or James Worthy dunk on him in practice. Cecil migrated to Australia in the late '80s and achieved some success in the NBL. He fell in love with the country, and when his career ended Cecil and his wife, Desiree; his oldest son, Jamar; and infant twins, Dante and Tierra, made Australia their permanent home.

As the questions slowed and the crowd began to disperse, Exum let slip a few smiles. "It is nice to get all the attention," Exum said. "I'm taking it one step at a time, and enjoying it." If Exum is as good as advertised, more will enjoy it, too.

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