Kostas Antetokounmpo, one of the highest-ranked recruits of the Archie Miller era, visited the University of Dayton on Monday and announced his verbal commitment on Thursday.
Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-9 small forward from Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisc., north of Milwaukee, said he picked the Dayton Flyers because, “I feel that I will really fit in good with that program. I felt I can get good minutes as a freshman, and my family loved the school.”
The date for signing national letters of intent has passed, so Antetokounmpo will sign scholarship papers instead. He doesn’t know when he’ll sign but said, “hopefully soon.”
Before going to UD for the fall semester, Antetokounmpo said he will play this summer for the Greece’s Under-20 national team. He was born in Greece and moved to Milwaukee in February 2014, about nine months after his brother Giannis, a 6-11 small forward, was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks. He has another brother, Thanasis, a 6-7 forward, who plays in the NBA D-League.
The Antetokounmpo family is originally from Nigeria. There are five brothers. The oldest, Francis, was born in Nigeria. The other four were born in Greece. Kostas is the fourth brother. The youngest brother, Alexis, is four years younger than Kostas.
In 2013, just before Kostas moved to the United States with his family, his brother Giannis told Milwaukee reporters, “I think (Kostas) is going to be the best of our family. He’s the best shooter in the family and he’s athletic like all of the Antetokounmpos. He’s been playing the game a long time. He knows how to play.’’
Kostas is a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com rankings, and ranked No. 89 in the class of 2016. He was ranked 52nd in the class, according to 247Sports.com. He was the highest-remaining unsigned player in the country and said it was a relief to get the decision made.
Antetokounmpo said Dayton started recruited him toward the end of last season. Numerous stories on Antetokounmpo’s recruitment mentioned the likes of Purdue, Florida, St. John’s, UNLV and Iowa State targeting him, but Dayton flew under the radar. None one reported Dayton was even in the mix until Antetokounmpo announced his decision on Instagram.
Antetokounmpo liked the fact that Dayton returns four starters and will have a good chance to win the Atlantic 10 championship and return to the NCAA tournament for a fourth straight year.
“Oh yeah, for sure, I think every player wants to play for a winning team,” he wrote.
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