Australian prospect Dante Exum speaks to reporters at the NBA draft combine Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Chicago. / Mark Snyder / DFP
The Detroit Pistons apparently had a date Wednesday night with the most intriguing prospect at the NBA draft combine.
Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy reported that Australian combo guard Dante Exum met with the Pistons — along with the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns — in Chicago.
Exum’s likely top-10 draft status is based on a dominant week he had at the Nike Hoop Summit in spring 2013. He graduated in the fall and decided to make himself eligible for next month’s draft.
Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid and Duke’s Jabari Parker are expected to be the top three picks in the draft, but the Pistons could be interested in Exum over Embiid if they get lucky and move into the top three in Tuesday’s draft lottery.
The Pistons can draft first, second, third, eighth or not at all in the first round, depending on the lottery.
Exum is a 6-foot-6 guard whose blend of size and athleticism could help the Pistons.
While new coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy will be introduced at news conference today at the Palace, Ken Catanella, George David and other team executives are conducting business in Chicago, interviewing prospects and watching drills.