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Dante Exum's passing helps Lake Ginninderra College to national schools basketball title

NBA top-five draft prospect Dante Exum showcased his exquisite passing skills in leading Lake Ginninderra College to the national schools championship.

While Exum struggled to find his shooting touch in a 20-point haul, it was the 18-year-old's 15 assists which were just as crucial in the 88-81 victory against Scots College in Melbourne on Friday.

The 198-centimetre point guard distributed the ball with ease and proved he can do more than just be a pure scorer.

It was Exum's final game for the school before he possibly enters the NBA draft next year.

He is rated the current No.4 pick by Player agents from the US will visit him at his Melbourne home later this month and in January.

The hottest talent in Australian basketball is yet to decide whether to enter the draft or take up one of the countless scholarship offers with a US college.


''I knew coming into this tournament there was going to be a lot of attention towards me, but I just wanted to come out and get my teammates involved because that's what basketball's about,'' Exum said. ''I'm happy with the way I performed.

''It was great being with your best mates who you've built relationships with over the last two years … to win the final was a real good achievement.''

Exum connected on just six of 23 of his field goal attempts, but made four of 13 from beyond the three-point arc.

Scots College applied plenty of pressure on Exum whenever he tried to drive to the basket, often sending double teams at the Australian Boomers representative.

''I tried to get my shooting going, but it wasn't working for me, so I knew the best way for us to win was to get other teammates involved,'' Exum said. ''Obviously that worked for us and that was the best way for us to win.''

Exum will take time away from the court to recover from a knee injury he carried through the tournament before he returns to training in the off-season.

Fellow AIS scholarship holder Jack McVeigh top-scored with 26 points to go with 10 rebounds as Lake Ginninderra made up for its heart-breaking overtime loss in last year's corresponding game.

Lake Ginninderra is already eyeing back-to-back championships. Four of its five starters - McVeigh, Robert Cotton, Bill Muir and Mitch Brown - all return next year to defend their title.