Dante Exum takes out AIS Award

Dante Exum takes out AIS Award

The rise of emerging Australian Boomers star Dante Exum continues to gain momentum, with the 18-year-old named the 2013 AIS Junior Athlete of the Year at the Australian Sports Commission Awards on Thursday night.

It has been a brilliant 2013 for the exciting young guard, helping the Australian Emus reach the Semi Finals of the FIBA Under 19 World Championships in the Czech Republic before making his Australian Boomers debut in the FIBA Oceania Championships in August.

The star of Exum has long been on the rise, first coming to the attention of the public as a 15-year-old when former Australian Boomers Head Coach and current NBA Head Coach with the Philadelphia 76ers Brett Brown invited him to a training camp with men’s national team.

Since them it has been an exciting ride for Exum, making the AIS his home at 15 and representing Australia at two junior world championships.

It was the 2012 FIBA Under 17 World Championships where the world got its first glimpse of the talented son of former NBL import Cecil Exum, leading the team to the silver medal.

Exum excelled on the world stage, averaging 17.3 points, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals on his way to being named in the tournament’s All-Star Five team.

Just one year later, Exum followed this performance up with another brilliant display to lead the Emus to the Semi Final stage of the U19 World Championships. The then 17-year-old averaged 18.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals on his way to a second All-Star Five accolade.

A successful junior international tournament impressed Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis, with Exum called into the squad for the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships against New Zealand.

It was a stellar debut in the senior national team by Exum, who showed off his speed, athleticism and exceptional court vision to ensure the Boomers would retain the Oceania title and get their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup campaign off to a winning start.

Basketball is currently taking a backseat for Exum as he channels his energy into his school work, completing the exams for his final year of high school.