Caulton Tudor

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

Posted June 24, 2014

— 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, 2014

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    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, 2014

    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, 2014

    View quoted thread


  • coachkayhasmrsa Jun 24, 2014

    coach kay=paterno supporter

  • heelsforever Jun 24, 2014

    BlueDeviIs00 = Jealous or Hater

  • BlueDeviIs00 Jun 24, 2014

    McAdoo = Bust
    PJ = Headcase
    Leslie McDonald = Who?

    Roy = Cheater

  • coachkayhasmrsa Jun 24, 2014

    View quoted thread

    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, 2014

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

    8 Duke26-8

    19 North Carolina 23-9

  • heelfan4life Jun 24, 2014

    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, 2014

    View quoted thread

    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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