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Dante Exum might not be the purest of point guards, but if he accepts the role, he just might be the toughest cover of them all.
At 6'6'', he's a sensational athlete who can handle the ball and create off the bounce. Exum has a lightning first step and explosive last step—he's got blow-by quickness, along with above-the-rim springs to finish easy buckets inside.
And though his first instinct might be to score, given he's always the top player on his team, Exum's character and approach both suggest this won't be an issue at all.
"I knew coming into this tournament there was going to be a lot of attention towards me, but I just wanted to come out and get my teammates involved because that's what basketball's all about, Exum told Lee Gaskin of The Canberra Times following his performance at the Australian School Championships earlier in December. Not that the competition was regarded as anything special, but over his last three games in the tournament, Exum averaged 27.6 points, 10.6 assists and 9.6 boards.
Though not consistent yet, Exum can also be a dangerous outside shooter and has the defensive tools to overwhelm opposing ball-handlers.
There really isn't anything not to like with Exum, and if you told me he was your No. 1 ranked prospect, I wouldn't put up a fight. The only argument is as to whether or not he's a true point guard, but at the end of the day, it won't matter—as long as the ball is in his hands.