With the 2013 NBA season about a month away anticipation for another year of NBA basketball is beginning to rise. The doldrums of the summer that left us with only some uninspired summer league play are now long behind us. However when the season tips off in October one of the best players in the world will not be setting foot on an NBA court because he’s still only 18 years old.

Dante Exum is the top international prospect as both DraftExpress and ESPN draft guru Chad Ford have him as their third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft (ahead of prominent U.S. studs Jabari Parker and Marcus Smart). At 6-6 and a stringy 188 pounds Exum has the length speed and athleticism to excel at either guard position. Yet while the likes of Smart and Parker will make almost nightly appearances on SportsCenter Exum will be in Australia fine-tuning his game.

One of the first times the world got a look at Exum was during the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. With a squad loaded with talent — Dennis Schroeder (17th overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft) Andrew Wiggins (Kansas Freshman) Lucas Nogueira (16th overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft) Sergey Karasev (19th overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft) Livio Jean-Charles (28th overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft)and Karl Towns Jr. (sixth overall prospect in Class of 2014) all were on the World Select Team — Exum chipped in 16 points three rebounds two assists and two steals in just 22 minutes. Besides Jean-Charles (the game’s MVP) Exum had arguably the best performance.

For the sake of comparisons the almost undisputed No. 1 pick for the 2014 NBA Draft Andrew Wiggins had 17 points nine rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes. For those who had the privilege to view the abundance of international competition that took place this summer they were treated to something rare. Exum took an Australian team — ranked seventh-best in the tournament — within five points of a gold medal game.

Exum has done some of his best work during FIBA competitions and has played for his homeland Australia in five competitions: FIBA Oceania U16 Championship FIBA U17 World Championship FIBA Oceania U18 Championship FIBA U19 World Championship and FIBA Oceania Championship. His total averages from each event come out to 13.8 PPG 3.5 RPG and 3.2 APG which are stunted by the 2.0 PPG 1.5 APG and 0.0 APG average he posted in this year’s FIBA Oceania Championship.

In Australia’s two games against New Zealand — as the only teams in the Oceania “district” they face off against each other with both teams guaranteed a spot in the 2014 World Cup of basketball — Exum played a mere 11 minutes total as more experienced players like Patty Mills Joe Ingles and Matthew Dellavedova saw the court instead. If you take that away Exum’s numbers read as 16.8 PPG 3.9 RPG and 4.0 APG (much more telling of his jack-of-all-trades skill-set).