Dante Exum is in big demand in the US, on the college scene and in the NBA.

Dante Exum is in big demand in the US, on the college scene and in the NBA. Photo: Eddie Jim

As Dante Exum prepares to make a decision on his basketball future, former NBA top pick Andrew Bogut has suggested the "smart" decision would be for him to turn professional next season.

Exum, competing at the Australian Schools Championships in Melbourne, must decide by early next year whether to nominate for the NBA draft or spend at least one year at college developing his game.

Bogut, the Australian centre who had two years at the University of Utah before being taken as the No.1 pick by the Milwaukee Bucks, said on Tuesday Exum should nominate for the June draft.

Dante Exum playing for Lake Ginninderra College from Canberra.

Dante Exum playing for Lake Ginninderra College from Canberra. Photo: Eddie Jim EJZ

"He’s a projected top five pick and he could go to college and risk getting hurt. You’re also under the pressure of the scouts, they start to nitpick a little bit, so it could hurt your spot as well,” Bogut, now with the Golden State Warriors, said on SEN.

"From what I hear he will not go to college. I think he’ll do the smart thing, I think he’ll end up coming over here a little earlier and just training and working out and then enter the draft.

"He’ll probably end up coming over here sometime early next year, begin with a personal trainer who has trained NBA guys and get ready for the draft."

Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils.

Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils. Photo: Getty Images

Former star Melbourne Tiger Nigel Purchase told SEN that if Exum delayed his entry to the NBA, it would be "almost be like putting off winning Tattslotto".

Exum, a 198cm guard capable of playing as a point or shooting guard, is tipped by many NBA scouts to be at least a top-five pick. Leading US sports website ESPN has ranked the 18-year-old at No.4, while one club general manager told the website he believed Exum would eventually prove to be the selection all teams had wished they had taken.

"I know everyone is so excited to see Jabari (Parker) and those guys dominate," the general manager told ESPN.

"I know the old guard is going to play it safe.... maybe I'm young and foolish, but I think Exum ends up being the guy everyone wishes they took in a few years.

"All of them are going to be great, but when you watch Exum, you see the ability to be a generational talent. My owner might kill me, but I think you take Exum, regardless of what the other guys do this year. Exum's already proved it to me."

Duke small forward Jabari Parker, Kentucky big man Julius Randle, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart and Kansas shooter Andrew Wiggins are all set to be top selections in what is regarded as one of the deepest drafts in recent memory.

Exum said on Monday he wanted to make a decision by February.

"It shouldn’t be too hard to make. But I just want to make sure I use my time right so I make the right decision," he said.

Exum is expected to be a lottery pick, with the likes of struggling Utah, Sacramento, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Boston likely to have the best chance of securing him.