Cecil Exum died, Dante Exum’s father and Ex-NC Tar Heels Men’s basketball player has passed away

Cecil Exum Death – Dante Exum’s father and Ex-North Carolina Tar Heels Men’s basketball player Cecil Exum has sadly passed away at the age of 60. He died on Monday 3rd July 2023 surrounded by his beloved family. He was confirmed dead through a social media publication that reads “Bulleen Basketball is saddened by news of the passing of former Boomer Cecil Exum on Sunday”. The circumstances surrounding his death has not been known but was reportedly hospitalized and battling for his life.

Cecil Exum Birth and Early Life

Exum, a talented basketball player, was born and raised in Dudley, North Carolina. He attended Southern Wayne High School, where he left a lasting legacy by having his singlet retired, making him the only male basketballer to achieve this honor as of 2012. Continuing his basketball journey, Exum went on to play for the renowned North Carolina Tar Heels from 1980 to 1984. During his time with the Tar Heels, he had the privilege of being part of their 1982 NCAA championship team, which boasted legendary players like Michael Jordan and James Worthy.

Throughout his collegiate career, Exum played a total of 103 games, averaging 1.5 points in 4.3 minutes per game. In 1984, Exum’s talents were recognized when he was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the ninth round of the NBA draft, 194th overall pick. Exum made the decision to move to Australia in 1986 to continue his basketball career. He joined the Bulleen Boomers in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL).

Cecil Exum Basketball Career

It was during his second season with the Boomers in 1987 that Exum showcased his skills and was honored with a selection to the All-SEABL Team.  In 1989, Exum joined the North Melbourne Giants in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). He played for the Melbourne Tigers in 1990 before returning to the Giants in 1991. From 1992 to 1996, Exum played for the Geelong Supercats, accumulating a total of 197 NBL games. Throughout his NBL career, he consistently demonstrated his versatility, averaging 10.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Exum’s journey was a testament to his resilience and passion for the game of basketball. Despite the setbacks he encountered along the way, he remained determined and continued to contribute to the sport he loved.

Cecil Exum’s obituary will be released by the family

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