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Ex-Tar Heel's son certain to go early in Thursday's NBA draft

Posted June 24

— Depending upon which NBA mock draft you favor, there’s virtually no reason to think anyone other than Duke’s Jabari Parker or Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins will be go 1-2 on Thursday night in Brooklyn.

When Wiggins’ former Jayhawk teammate Joel Embiid underwent foot surgery Friday, Parker and Wiggins’ stock surged.

Wiggins, as almost everyone in North Carolina knows, is the son of former Clemson/Florida State standout Mitchell Wiggins, a Kinston native who played high school ball at North Lenoir.

Now to the next North Carolina draft connection.

If for some reason Parker and/or Wiggins don’t go 1-2 Thursday, a kid out of Australia might. Wing guard Dante Exum, a 6-6 sharpshooter from Canberra, is generally projected to be selected either third or fourth, depending upon the various teams’ reaction to Embiid’s surgery.

Exum is the son of former UNC player Cecil Exum, a member of the 1982 NCAA championship team. Cecil Exum is from Dudley and played prep ball at Southern Wayne.

Small world, huh?

Andrew Wiggins is a native of Canada, the result of Mitchell’s relocation to the Toronto area after his playing career in the NBA and various minor leagues.

Cecil Exum followed much the same path. Although he wasn’t a standout for the Tar Heels, he was picked in the 1984 NBA Draft. In those days, the draft included up to 11 rounds. Exum went in the 9th round to Denver but never played in the NBA.

Instead, he wound up in the Aussie pro league and enjoyed a long, successful career. He then became a naturalized Australian citizen. Dante was born June 13, 1995, and has the chance at the long NBA career that eluded his dad.

Counting N.C. State’s T.J. Warren, there will be three sons of former ACC and in-state high schoolers in the Thursday mix. T.J.’s father, Tony, also played for the Wolfpack after a standout prep career at Raleigh's Enloe High.

Former UNC star P.J. Hairston also is likely to be a first-rounder. A Greensboro native, Hairston played prep ball at Greensboro Dudley before going on to Hargrave (Va.) Military School for one season.

Finally, Dante Exum could be rarity in this NBA draft in that it’s possible he’ll be only the only foreign-based player taken in the first round. Three others – 6-10 Dario Saric from Croatia, 7-1 Jusuf Nurkic from Bosnia and 6-9 Clint Capela from Switzerland – are seen as first-round candidates but not as locks. Exum is.

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  • 903 Born To Be Hated Dying To Be Jun 24, 7:47 p.m.

    Oh my, I'm sorry, 903. As I have said before, latch on to all the subjective rankings you... View More

    — Posted by heelfan4life

    2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - AP Top 25 Postseason Week 1 (Mar. 17)

    8 Duke26-8

    19 North Carolina 23-9

  • heelfan4life Jun 24, 7:19 p.m.

    Oh my, I'm sorry, 903. As I have said before, latch on to all the subjective rankings you desire.

    In the real work, your second/third/fourth team fell out on the first full day of NCAA play. with a LOTTERY pick.

    Just the facts. And they have to hurt you.

    Good luck to ALL the ACC draft players.

  • j9us Jun 24, 6:22 p.m.

    While I was reading... I began to think "this smacks of meaningless Tudor ramblings"... sure... View More

    — Posted by I Have a Discernible Chin

    Amen

  • coachkayhasmrsa Jun 24, 5:01 p.m.

    coach kay=paterno supporter
    SMH!

  • heelsforever Jun 24, 4:43 p.m.

    BlueDeviIs00 = Jealous or Hater

  • BlueDeviIs00 Jun 24, 3:31 p.m.

    McAdoo = Bust
    PJ = Headcase
    Leslie McDonald = Who?

    Roy = Cheater

  • coachkayhasmrsa Jun 24, 3:07 p.m.

    They decided to leave because they are going to be drafted In The lottery...unlike unc with... View More

    Which begs the question why UNC was able to do more with, apparently, less talent than Duke or... View More

    — Posted by heelfan4life

    it comes down to coaching. you have 1 coach who has never lost a 1 rd tourney game and another one who does it often to very low seeded teams.

  • 903 Born 2 B Hated, Dying 2 B Lo Jun 24, 2:55 p.m.

    They decided to leave because they are going to be drafted In The lottery...unlike unc with... View More

    Which begs the question why UNC was able to do more with, apparently, less talent than Duke or... View More

    — Posted by heelfan4life

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/rankings/_/year/2014/poll/1

    2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - AP Top 25 Postseason Week 1 (Mar. 17)

    8 Duke26-8

    19 North Carolina 23-9

  • heelfan4life Jun 24, 1:51 p.m.

    They decided to leave because they are going to be drafted In The lottery...unlike unc with... View More

    Which begs the question why UNC was able to do more with, apparently, less talent than Duke or NC State.

    Strange, huh?

  • heelfan4life Jun 24, 1:48 p.m.

    The Duke fixation continues.

    Good luck to all the ACC players.

    — Posted by heelfan4life

    Why wouldn't there be talk about Duke during the NBA Draft? What other area school has two... View More

    — Posted by 903 Born 2 B Hated, Dying 2 B Lo

    I'm sorry I confused you. That is easy to do, apparently.

    It appears that, in addition to latching on to UVA and Duke, you are now a closet NCSU fan. That's sad.

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CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
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HOU 90
NOP 99
 
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SAC 54
MIL 57
 
1st
GSW 30
OKC 40
 
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STTHOMASTX 61
 
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UVA 70
CLST 54
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LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
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QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
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SFLA 69
SHU 89
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RICH 65
SALA 54
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CAN 60
USB 59
 
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DEL 62
TEMPL 82
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WCU 56
WRST 69
 
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VERM 56
YALE 57
 
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SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
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RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
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LATU 79
NICST 54
 
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CHAR 75
APP 65
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MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
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DUKE 66
UCONN 56
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BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
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PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
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JST 66
SMISS 46
 
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SD 55
MNTST 53
 
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UAB 70
LSU 79
 
1st OT
EVAN 75
OHIO 69
 
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CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
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DEP 28
 
2nd
PAC 37
NEV 19
 
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USF 52
PORST 22
 
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IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
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UTST 20
CALST 18
 
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PIT 1
COL 0
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PHI 1
FLA 2
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CAR 4
TOR 1
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CLB 4
WAS 5
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MON 1
ANA 2
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SJS 0
EDM 1
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 2
 
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JAC 21
TEN 13