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Utah Jazz grab Dante Exum at No. 5 in NBA draft (video)

The Jazz take the teenage Australian point guard, a self-described “mystery in this draft,” at No. 5.

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Exum declined to work out for the Jazz in the weeks leading up to the draft because he sees himself as a point guard, and saw a second-year starter in Trey Burke on the roster. But on Thursday the Australian guard sounded optimistic about the tandem.

Burke was at Barclay’s Center and spoke with Exum briefly after he was drafted.

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"He’s excited to have me," Exum said, "and I’m excited to be there. I know we’re both going to give up something a little so everyone’s happy."

And Exum believes new Jazz coach Quin Snyder has the right stuff to help them co-exist.

"I think the coach being a point guard, he’s going to know how to utilize me and Trey," he said.

Along the way, Exum hopes to develop into a franchise player, an All-Star, a superstar.

Something other than the unknown.

"It’s been frustrating being that mystery and having that label on me," he said. "But I’m past it now. Hopefully when I get out in summer league I can show them I’m not that mystery anymore."


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