Exum will visit five schools, including Michigan per ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
to play football, not to play trumpet
This would be so, so so, so cool....I know he's most likely going in the Top 5 of the NBA draft this year, but we can dream?
SO YOU'RE SAYING THERE'S A CHANCE
Holy shit. I would cry. He would probably be the highest regarded recruit to come to Michigan ever, of any sport.
That was deep, man. Thanks for your insight...
Would you care you freakin' enlighten us?
Just want to alert the hyperbole police. Kid is good but not the best recruit michigan has ever signed in any sport.
I guess what I was suggesting was who you believe were/are better signees?
Chris Webber was #1 in his class, Juwan Howard was #3 or #4 in that same class. Jalen was like #5 in that same class.
Drew Henson was the #1 overall guy in his class.
Peppers is all over Yahoo, ESPN, etc. and is the #2 this class.
It has been YEARS, but we have pulled some big guys before.
Even more recently in basketball than the Fab Five, Jerod Ward was the #1 player in the 1994 class.
Jerod Ward was also in an accounting class with me.
Whatever happened to that guy? Wasn't it a knee injury that robbed him, or am I wrong?
Ward tore the meniscus in his right knee in January of his freshman year and then suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in December of his sophomore year. He was still a pretty good college player, but the injuries prevented him from living up to his high school hype.
In the spirit of the "Where Are They Now" diary, Ward now works as a trainer somewhere in the 734 area code through his company called JW Pro Ball.
...he was a great 3 point shooter though. After Michigan he went to various other leagues like CBA and ABA , but never made it to NBA. I knew he was a little overhyped when he first got to campus and walked into the CCRB during summer term...and lost to my team of 5'11 and under white dudes...and got pinned against the backboard by a 5'8 guy (who had albeit an incredible vertical) when he tried to dunk coming from the baseline.*
*he was wearing Teva's during our pick-up game.
Would any of those guys been the #1 overall draft pick out of highschool?
I would think.
Dante is good, no doubt about it. But I don't honestly think anyone has him going top 3 in the NBA draft. I would love to see a mock draft where it has him going as the first pick, or heck even in the top 3. Parker, Wiggins, Randle, and Smart are almost without a doubt going before him.
Besides those I mentioned above all of these guys will potentially go before Exum; Joel Embiid, Gary Harris, Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh, and Rodney Hood. This list doesn't even include a guy like Zach LaVine who could be a top 5 guy too. If any of these guys come up big in the NCAA tournament, think Bradley Beal, then they'll move up too. I highly doubt Exum goes even top 5.
This doesn't even get into the fact of how short you're selling Webber. As far as Michigan guys go.
Is this dude rated better then our ballers?
Many people are saying he will be either the first or second guy off the board if he enters the draft instead of doing the school thing.
He's good, but Michigan has had some really good recruits in the past. He's probably not even the top player in his class in he decides to go to college. He certainly won't be the top pick.
...I have ever heard his name...so I am pretty sure if he signed he would not be the biggest recruit, in any sport, that has committed to Michigan...ever.
I just like the dude's name. Pretty bad-ass.
Sounds like he's perfectly suited for a series of Latin classes.
Is almost here. It has to be better and there is hope.
I was just about to say. If this actually happens, I'm sure it will be in 2014.
I'm sure that Oregon is no slouch, but out of this list....one of these schools is not like the others.
You're right. Oregon's undefeated.
I don't know about foreign players. Sometimes they are highly overrated any game film
maybe he'll only be a top 20 draft pick next year, then we obviously don't want him
but if he were a guaranteed top pick, why even waste time visiting colleges?
Why even go to college? If he's so good play in his countries league and then get drafted that'smy point
Darko was a top 5 pick to almost all NBA teams, so yes the NBA is always right.
Darko is definitely a bust (especially compared to the rest of the draft), but he was also dropped into a bad situation for a lottery pick.
Had any other team besides the Pistons gotten Darko, things could have turned out very different for him
Why was his situation so bad? I always thought that he had a good chance because he wouldn't be forced to play big minutes, could develop at a slower pace, and learn from a guy with a similar skill set (Sheed).
I do agree that the team's leaders later seemed unwilling to adapt or accept coaching (Rip, Sheed and even Prince).
I've always heard that Larry Brown basically ignored trying to develop him, and since Sheed was eating up any minutes for Darko, he never really got to progress.
And then he's thrown into the fire a few years later.
he barely got PT at Euro and wasn't super productive even on limited minutes. Dumars drafted him based on potential. Switch Pistons with any other teams, Darko would still be #2 overall pick.
Not sure how he was thrown into a bad situation. Darko was raw as hell and needed time for seasoning. He was a bust based on expectation, but if he was drafted at late 1st round, he would have been a decent contributor. He wasn't terrible but wasn't great either.
Relax I'm just sayn foreign players r sometimes overhyped
"We don't want him!!" mgoblue16
Any idea if Rick Derris is coming with him? I heard you grunt when you lifted that milk.
Only if finger cuffs is going to be there.
Getting Exum would be an insane pull. Yeah, he's probably going pro, but clearly he is considering the college experience if he's going to spend time visiting 5 colleges that are spread out throughout the country. Get it JB!
Can he play wide receiver?
I assume it's a penalty if he scores a TD then dunks the football over the uprights?
Reminds me of Michael Carter Williams. Guy looks like a stud right now & if improves his J he's gonna be a matchup nightmare. Likes to take smaller guards to the block.
Here is a piece called "Getting To Know: Dante Exum" done by Basketball Australia, if anyone is interested:
If anyone actually watches him here, he says flat out that he's going to be a student athlete in the NCAA. I'd say we have a chance. Hopefully Bielein can keep the ship afloat this year, at least get through two rounds of the tournament...
NBADraft.net has him going sixth.
Kid is a lottery pick this year. We should have landed Bluiett.
Why do we have 'no chance'? I have no idea who this kid is...
I figure if he's visiting it's not because of the weather...
...immersed in football...but have no idea who this kid is. If he wants to visit...doubt it is for shots and giggles.
Because he's a surefire top 7 or so pick in this year's draft, maybe top 5. Just about everyone in a position to know has been saying he's almost certainly going pro, for obvious reasons.
If I had to guess why he's visiting: why not? He gets to take a bunch of free trips all across America (he's Australian) and get treated like a goddamn Sultan. I'd do the same thing in his position. Why turn down free fun?
Seriously, don't even get a hint of a hope up here.
JB will throw subs on the barbie....make it all crazy.
in the interview it seems like he wants to develop himself as a point guard. The way Belien has devloped his last 2. we may have a shot.
I realize this is being picky, but please try to provide some more information with a post like this. I'm sure many visitors to the blog know who he is, but for all we know he's a water polo recruit based on your post. Maybe stating his sport, year, and position would be a simple addition to an update like this - especially when there isn't a link provided.
At the very least it is nice to be, in all likelihood, in his top Five if he decides to go to school next year. Definitely a sign Michigan has cache in basketball. I've said it before and I'll say it again I think basketball is going to look a lot different at the end of the year barring any more injuries which we've already had our fair share. Very confident in Beilein and his entire staff to get it done this year and continue the momentum.
"Michigan has cache, baby!" -George Costanza
Seinfeld quotes never get old
I know at one point he alluded that IU was his leader if he were to go to college so I think we should hope that he goes pro because there is a better chance we will have to play against him if he goes to college. And as a IU student I wouldn't mind if he went to IU but I know none of you want to see that.
The possibility of Exum to Michigan has been exhumed but still remains dead.
No chance he goes anywhere but pro in my opinion, but getting him on campus still fills me with a slight hope that we can blow him away enough to sign. Even if it's only for one year.
I'm glad we have your opinion instead of the actual words that came out of the kids actual mouth, on camera in an interview. Wooo Epinions!
You might not be surprised to know that, as a Sixers fan, I've been following draft prospects closely this year as GM Sam Hinkie executes a full on tank-a-thon.
Here's a quick summary about him (scroll down) from the Liberty Ballers Website
For those of you who are unaware, the 2014 draft is shaping up to be the best one in 10-20 years, with some real high-end talent. The fact that Exum is hovering around pick 5 in many 2014 mocks is really (really) impressive given he is a less-known commodity.
With all this in mind, the only thing I can think of is that Exum and family would like one year stateside to develop before potentially going #1 in 2015, either to avoid a Darko-like scenario in 2014 and/or move even higher in a less-stocked 2015 draft.
While I don't think he would be the top recruit ever at UM, he would imo certainly be in Tier 1 (Jabrill Peppers as a comp).
just to repair his own mistake in Ben Gordon. Then we went out and signed Joe Smith, who is a bad fit for the team, but likely will make them good enough to keep them out of the lottery this year and ensure the pick has to be dealt. Brilliant!