ANDBarça announced on Monday the renewal until the end of this season of Australian shooting guard Dante Exum, who in December signed a three-month temporary contract that expired on February 28.
The 26-year-old Melbourne-born player arrived at the Barcelona team to strengthen the outside game in a context of need due to injuries to point guard Nick Calathes, shooting guard Cory Higgins and forward Álex Abrines.
“Until now it has been a wonderful experience beyond basketball. I have known the Spanish culture and I want to know more things like, for example, the language,” Exum said in statements to the club’s media.
Despite playing an important role in the conquest of the bronze medal by the Australian team at the Tokyo Olympics, Exum, haunted by the shadow of injuries that have hampered his career, found himself without a team after the Houston Rockets dispensed with his services in October.
However, Exum’s adaptation to Barça was almost immediate. The Australian has played eleven Euroleague games in which he averaged 6 points (48.1% shooting from two and 53.8% from three-pointers), 2.7 rebounds, one assist and 7.5 PIR credits.
The coach of the Barça team, the Lithuanian Sarunas Jasikevicius, has defined the Australian as “a boy ten” for his involvement in training, as well as highlighting that “he is very difficult to stop with his penetrations and counterattacks”.
Exum has not only conquered his coach, he also easily seduced a Palau Blaugrana team that was soon dazzled by the extravagance of a player capable of defending the three outside positions thanks to his size and who is explosive when encountering the hoop.
It is worth noting how his energy and points coming off the bench put the European victories against Bayern Munich (71-66) and Panathinaikos (86-60) on track at the beginning of February, which propelled the Barça team after a period of certain doubts and fueled the current streak of ten consecutive victories.
Exum graduated from the European classic on February 11 in Madrid (68-86, with 13 points and a PIR of 19 for him) and Jasikevicius started him in the three Copa del Rey matches, a tournament that was the first title of the ‘aussie’ as a culé and in which he averaged 5.6 points, a rebound and an assist.