Aussie NBA prospect Dante Exum to bypass college system
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Aussie NBA prospect Dante Exum to bypass college system

Australian NBA prospect Dante Exum is set to bypass the college system and head straight to next year's draft, according to compatriot and Golden State centre Andrew Bogut.

The highly-rated youngster is touted as a potential top-five pick and Bogut believes it would be the smart thing to do if the 18-year-old didn't risk sustaining a serious injury prior to a promising professional career while playing college ball.

"From what I hear he won't go to college, he'll probably end up coming over here (to America) sometime early next year ... and get ready for the draft," Bogut told radio SEN on Tuesday.

"Right now, it's a risk-versus-reward thing for him.

"He's a projected top-five pick, if you go to college, you risk getting hurt ... So I think he's doing the smart thing."

Bogut has enjoyed a clean run so far this season with the Warriors which has been a welcome change for the former number one pick who has had his fair share of serious injuries throughout his career - most notably to his elbow and ankle.

And while he insisted Golden State supported his desire to play for the Boomers, Bogut confirmed his primary national ambition was to play at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro which meant he would almost certainly sit out next year's world championships and give his battle-weary body a much-needed rest.


"I need to be smart right now and probably be a little selfish in that sense that I'm almost 30 years of age and I've had two potentially career-ending injuries that I've battled through, but the body has definitely taken its toll from it," Bogut said.

"Next year's world championships are very, very questionable at the moment and I'll probably give those a miss.

"The Olympics is my immediate goal in 2016, I want to make sure that not only am I ready for it but that I'm in the right mind and right body to get through that."


Bogut said the key to staying on the court in the 2013/14 season - he has played 17 of the Warriors' 18 games to date - was being vigilant with his recovery after each game.

"I still ice the ankle every day after every games, every day after training, I still have to do all the modalities on it, massage, physio," Bogut said.

"If you keep being professional and doing those things, the body responds well but if you try to have a day where you forget to do that, it definitely catches up to you."

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