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Whither Kostas Antetokounmpo?
Whither Kostas Antetokounmpo?
Published by Swampy Meadows
Whither Kostas Antetokounmpo?

WEST BLOOMFIELD (MI) – There was mucho wailing and gnashing of teeth here in Flyerland when Kostas Antetokounmpo decided to withdraw from UD and enter his name for the upcoming NBA Draft. How dare he, after Bucky Bockhorn had finally figured out how to pronounce “Antetokounmpo!”

Let’s face it, UD doesn’t have a ton of history with basketball players leaving early for the NBA. The list consists of only one name:

Johnny Davis

“FTS” has been following the Flyers long enuf to remember when JD made what he told me when I interviewed him was “a very, very tough decision” to forego his senior year at UD. His choice was made solely because his family here in Detroit needed the financial support. It turned out to be a good one for him, as JD was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers and won an NBA Championship in his rookie season.

Kostas is another story. Flyer fans pretty much knew when he arrived on campus for his redshirt season that there was a strong possibility that Greek Freak 2.0 would not finish his four years of eligibility. One only need look at the meteoric rise of his brother Giannis to see why. And we were right.

Now the TUP (Jay Bilas’ pet phrase “tremendous upside potential”) that we all observed last year will be nurtured and developed to the benefit of a pro team, be it here or overseas.

Just because he is gone doesn’t mean we should stop rooting for the big fella. Yeah, I'm sure AG would have preferred that he had waited until the end of the semester to leave so that it doesn’t affect UD’s team APR, but when you really don’t want to be in school, why stay? Even though he was only here for two years and suited up for one, Kostas will always be a Flyer.

So, let’s look at what has been written and videotaped about Kostas’ pursuit of a career in professional basketball:

-- Here are Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo NBA Combine Scrimmage Highlights courtesy of YouTube:


-- Kostas is included in this list of “draft sleepers”:


-- A pre-workout write-up from the Toronto Raptors:


The writer failed when he made this point: It’s possible if teams give him feedback to that effect that he returns to Dayton again.

There ain’t no coming back for Kostas.

-- NBA Draft Room has Kostas going at #53 to the Pacers:


While SI.com has him at #57 to OKC:


-- Here are the physical stats for all the players at the NBA Draft Combine:


-- An interview with Kostas at the Combine:


-- Big brother Giannis says Kostas can be “really good”:


-- Here is an interview with Giannis about his little bro:


What the Flyer Faithful should take away from all of this is that wherever he ends up, Kostas will be announced as having played for The University of Dayton.

Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

That’s it “From the Swamp.”
You can email me at: swampy@udpride.com
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