UD Goes Greek

UD Goes Greek

We don’t do a lot of off-season basketball news here. For one, UD isn’t the type of program constantly mentioned in the chase for five-star recruits during the summer and, outside of allegations of sexual assault (fingers crossed this isn’t another summer of forced love), there’s not a significant amount of off-the-court news to comment on.

However, anytime a completely random recruit pledges allegiance to the Gem City, there’s an implicit obligation to at least throw up a post. This is such a post.

JABLO fills us in:

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.Dayton Daily News

1594788Archie Miller makes his bones on random signings like this and snagging an underappreciated gem off the free-agent market. With the loss of Steve McElvene and little to no noise being made on the transfer wire, Flyer fans were anxiously awaiting Miller’s next move. It appears Antetokounmpo’s arrival will ease those concerns.

A 6’9″ forward, Antetokounmpo will add some much needed depth to a front-line in need of some coverage. The Flyers frontcourt will now feature Kendall Pollard, Josh Cunningham and Antetokounmpo — with Xeryius Williams and Sam Miller in reserve (one would think Antetokounmpo’s arrival would all but eliminate the need for Miller, but that’s an opinion better voiced while screaming at the television later this season).

With Scoochie Smith, Kyle Davis and Charles Cooke firmly entrenched as the Flyer’s starting guards — DURRELL, John Crosby and newcomer Trey Landers will offer support from the pine — UD’s roster looks talented, experienced and deep. 

I’m going to assume Antetokounmpo will see significant minutes next season as I don’t think Archie used the “we are going to let you develop slowly” pitch to land what was the highest-ranked uncommitted recruit in the 2016 class. It seems Archie has once again managed to quickly improve a situation that desperately needed to be addressed. 

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Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o’ D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.

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