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:

[su_quote cite=”Dayton Daily News” url=”http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/sports/college-basketball/kostas-antetokounmpo-picked-dayton-flyers-three-da/nrm8G/”]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.[/su_quote]

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. 

Tom Blackburn

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.

13 comments

  • Anonymous

    June 26, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    As long as he doesn’t hear mutterings about Dayton’s ” Curse of the Big Man”, this can only be a win-win for the Flyer Faithful (and yeah-not so good news for Sam Miller) but THAT a story for another day!

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  • Anonymous

    June 26, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    “One would think Antetokuompo’s arrival would all but eliminate the need for Miller”
    Actually, if anyone is redundant to Kostas, I would think it would be Xeyrius Williams.

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  • The Kman

    June 26, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    He announced his commitment by posting our old logo. This indicates one of two things. Either he demanded we return to the old logo or he knows nothing about Dayton. Either one is a positive.

    To the Red Scare, please, please for the love of pier 17 cod come up with an original nickname that isn’t a one off from the Greek Freak. Greek Freak 2 or little Freak isn’t going to to cut it.

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    • Velvet

      June 26, 2016 at 8:40 PM

      Zeus

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    • T-Bolt

      June 27, 2016 at 12:59 PM

      I am guessing he thought the school was in Daytona, FL and will not show up to campus and will play overseas before classes start once he realizes the school is in Dayton, OH.

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  • John Travolta

    June 26, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Greece Lightning (we ain’t braggin’ he’s a real pussy wagon)

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  • T-Rex

    June 27, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    In a dream world, the entire Arena will let out an “Opa!” every time he blocks a shot.
    Here are some nickname possibilities.
    Kid Icarus
    The Greek God of Blocks
    The Souvlaki Kid

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    • T-Bolt

      June 27, 2016 at 2:16 PM

      The Blocklava
      The Super-Gyro
      The Freaky Tzatziki

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  • Mr. Wiggles

    June 28, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    With over 50 “likes” last year, I am excited returning for next season.

    My nickname would be The Greek Pooper.

    Have a great summer

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  • Wehrli'd Peace

    June 28, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    The Mediterranean Monster

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  • Isaac Twist

    July 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    In all seriousness, this kid looks like a beast! Granted, he needs to put on a LOT of weight or he’s gonna have his lunch eaten like Devon Searcy (or by the likes of Devon Searcy- shudder…). He already has handles equal to or better than the Canadian panties destroyer.

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  • John Deere

    July 13, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Sam could develop in to one of those big fuckers that shoots 45% from the three resulting in the Priders posting 30 pages of man love threads. This however, is probably unlikely. In today’s acceptance of gender identification, Sam appears to be better equipped to provide post depth for J Jabir’s squad.

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    • Anonymous

      July 14, 2016 at 11:26 AM

      agree…. word is Sam is not having a productive summer…need to get Kostas in and use him and Trey to pressure and get out and run. Both really good athletes ..the basketball stuff may take a while…Let em Run Archie!!!

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