Cecil Exum Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Children, Education, Career, Achievement, Net Worth 2023, Cause Of Death, And More

Cecil Exum, an American professional basketball player, spent eight seasons competing in the Australian National Basketball League after his college basketball career with the North Carolina Tar Heels, during which he achieved victory in the NCAA championship of 1982.



Height- 1.98 m


Born- 7 August 1962

Birthplace- Dudley, North Carolina, United States

Died-3 July 2023

Death place- Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Profession- Basketball Player

Spouse- Desiree



“Cecil Exum (August 7, 1962 – July 3, 2023) was a former American professional basketball player who found himself embroiled in a dispute with Real Madrid security, while his son Dante Exum was involved.”


Desiree, who was employed by IBM in Singapore, tied the knot with Exum.

Cecil-Exum-with wife


Exum and his spouse, Desiree, were parents to three children: Jamaar (born in 1993) and twins Dante and Tierra (born in 1995). Additionally, Dante, one of his sons, pursued a career as a professional basketball player. From 1990 to 2017, Exum dedicated 27 years to coaching young basketball players in Melbourne, Victoria.

Cecil-Exum-with children


Exum, hailing from Dudley, North Carolina, was a student at Southern Wayne High School, and by 2012, he held the distinction of being the sole male basketball player whose jersey was retired by the school.


College Career

Exum had a four-year stint as a college basketball player with the North Carolina Tar Heels from 1980 to 1984. He was part of the Tar Heels’ victorious 1982 NCAA championship squad, which boasted renowned players like Michael Jordan and James Worthy. Throughout his career, spanning 103 games, he maintained an average of 1.5 points in 4.3 minutes per game.

Professional Career

Exum, chosen as the 194th overall pick in the ninth round of the 1984 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets, never had the opportunity to play in the NBA due to a significant knee injury prior to the trials.

Following that setback, Exum relocated to Australia in 1986 and began playing for the Bulleen Boomers in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). During his second season with the Boomers in 1987, he earned a spot on the All-SEABL Team.

In 1989, Exum joined the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) as a member of the North Melbourne Giants. In his inaugural season, he contributed to the Giants winning an NBL championship. He subsequently played for the Melbourne Tigers in 1990, rejoined the Giants in 1991, and concluded his professional career with the Geelong Supercats from 1992 to 1996. Throughout his time in the NBL, Exum participated in 197 games, averaging 10.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Cecil Exum Career

Achievement /Awards

Notable Career Achievements and Accolades:

  • Secured the NBL championship title in 1989.
  • Recognized as a member of the All-SEABL Team in 1987.
  • Achieved NCAA championship victory in 1982.

Career NBL statistics show that the player has accumulated 2,104 points, averaging 10.7 points per game. Additionally, they have recorded 1,354 rebounds, averaging 6.9 rebounds per game, and 359 assists, averaging 1.8 assists per game.

Net worth 2023

In 2023, the estimated net worth ranges from $1 million to $5 million.

Cause Of Death

According to an announcement from Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade, Cecil Exum passed away at the age of 60.

As stated by Damian Arsenis, Cecil Exum, the father of Dante Exum, who recently joined the Dallas Mavericks, was in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Reports from Telegraf indicated that Exum senior had been hospitalized in the United States due to a severe lung illness.

Cecil Exum cause of death

Cecil, a former basketball player, played alongside renowned figures James Worthy and Michael Jordan during his sophomore year, contributing to the Tar Heels’ NCAA championship victory in 1982.

During the 1984 NBA Draft, Cecil Exum was selected as the 194th overall pick in the ninth round by the Denver Nuggets. However, it was in Australia where he truly established himself, spending seven years in the NBL and representing respected teams like the North Melbourne Giants, Melbourne Tigers, and Geelong Supercats.

Throughout his NBL career, Exum maintained average statistics of 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

in the recent season, Exum senior had the opportunity to visit Belgrade and witness his son Dante’s live performances for the Serbian powerhouse Partizan in several EuroLeague games at the Stark Arena.

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