Australian Dante Exum is considered one of the best prospect in a loaded NBA draft this year.
He could well be amongst the top ten overall picks and signed with agents from Landmark Sports last week in preparation of making the jump from high school to the pros.
And he is seeking advice from the best in the game in the process:
"A reason why I signed with the agent I'm with is he has Kobe Bryant, and he's been through this when he came into the NBA," Exum told the Canberra Times.
Kobe is one of a number of NBA players on Landmark Sports books and the prospect of getting access to the Lakers legend was clearly a contributing factor for Exum:
"I guess having him as a mentor who can guide me through what he did and how he became successful is something which is pretty good.
"I haven't chatted to him yet, but the agent said Kobe knows who I am and he said he'd definitely have a chat to me," Exum explained.
There cannot be many better people to talk to about making the step up than Kobe - the 16-time All-Star became the first guard to be taken direct from high school in the 1996 draft.
Exum meanwhile, officially declared for the draft last week and the 6' 6" 18-year old is keen to make a mark on the league as soon as possible:
"I want to go to a place that needs me, I don't want to go somewhere like the Clippers who have Chris Paul and be stuck behind him," he said.
"I want to go to a team which is going to want and need me, and hopefully get minutes in my first season."
Confidence is clearly not an issue for the Aussie so don't expect him to be star-struck when he meets Kobe in the near future.
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