It’s been more than two years since Giannis Antetokounmpo moved from Athens to Milwakee and he has already made a name for himself in the NBA world.
The Greek Nigerian basketball star has developed a cult following for his athleticism, rapid growth curve (in skills terms) and remarkable down-to-earth sensibility – and his very, very long arms, of course.
Last year, he did justice to his nickname, ‘the Greek Freak’, catching a pass in stride exactly at mid-court and taking one dribble before dunking.
“One dribble!” exclaimed the commentator (this happened while his team, the Milwakee Bucks, were playing against the Houston Rockets).
“At full speed, he needs one dribble.”
Of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo has done this before, while playing for the National Basketball team of Greece, when he took two dribbles to make it down about three-fourths of the court.
Now, he’s facing serious competition from within his own family.
His younger brother, Kostas is a senior at Dominican High School in Milwaukee, where he lives and plays in his brother’s shadow…at least for now.
That may not be true for long if he continues performing as he did at the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout at Concordia University.
As captured by the sports website BallisLife, Antetokounmpo connected on Dominican’s game-winner in a 58-56 victory against Kettle Moraine Lutheran.
The younger Antetokounmpo finished with a game-high 19 points in the win, to go with a handful of pretty jaw-dropping blocks, more than one of the perimeter.
Right now the 2.06 metre tall senior is reportedly high on Iowa State and Memphis, though he has also received interest from the likes of Kansas, Texas, Florida State and Maryland, among other top programs.
With his skill set it’s almost a miracle that he isn’t being chased by every program in the country.
Source: USA Today, The Post Game