Kostas Antetokounmpo started out from college to make a name for himself in basketball before he was officially drafted. After an impressive time in high school and college, he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Greek basketball player is a delight to both his fans and his opponents. Within his short time in the NBA, he has had conversations with several teams who consider him an enormous asset to their organization. Kostas has conducted all negotiations with such grace and composure and has become a role model for young and aspiring NBA players. It would be interesting to know what his school and college days looked like before his professional debut. Here are some less known facts about the NBA player.
Kostas Antetokounmpo Bio
He was born on November 20, 1997, as Kostas Ndubuisi Antetokounmpo, the son of his parents, in Athens, Greece. Growing up in Sepolia, Kostas began to show a forte for basketball at a very young age. His interest in the game soon led him to join the junior youth teams of the Filathlitikos in Zografou, Athens. It seems that the Antetokounmpos really warmed to the sport, as Kostas’ older brother Giannis is an ardent lover of basketball and also a remarkable basketball player. Her very supportive parents also made sure that they had everything they needed to shine in this sport. Kostas’ parents supported their children’s dreams when they moved to Milwaukee after Giannis’ call-up by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013 and moved to Milwaukee. They wanted to stay with their children no matter where their career took them.
Kostas Antetokounmpo is a former student at Dominican High School, Wisconsin. He was a well-known basketball player at the school and led the school team to a state championship. This is just one of his successes in high school, both in the lower and upper grades. After an impressive performance in high school, Antetokounmpo went to the University of Dayton. Before going to college he played for the Greek U-20 national team.
Kostas became a member of the school’s basketball team “Flyers” and set some impressive records there. In the 2016-17 season, his first year of study, he was retired after it became known that he had spent his first two years in Greece. The following season, the basketball player was ready to go and made his debut with an impressive record of 5.2 points, 0.2 steals, 1.1 blocks, and 2.9 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game.
Knowing his potential better than anyone else, Antetokounmpo chose the 2018 NBA Draft and revealed in the draft his intentions to go pro that same year. Contrary to the predictions of being selected in the second round, he was the last choice of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018 NBA Draft, and Kostas was then transferred to the Dallas Mavericks, where he signed a two-way contract. Under the terms of this contract, the former Dayton player split his playing time between the Mavericks and Texas Legends, their NBA G League partner.
Kostas also played in Division B during the 2016 FIBA Europe U-20 Championship and won a bronze medal in that tournament.
Body Stats – Height, Weight
Kostas Antetokounmpo, like most of his colleagues, has the right committee for his demanding career. He may not be the greatest in this sport, but he has exactly the perfect height needed for his baskets. He stands at a height of 211 cm (6ft 9in), which is a good proportion to his weight of 88 kg. Kostas’ wingspan of 7’2, his long hand length of 9.25, and his hand width of 9 support his tight grips and reach. His range when standing is 8-11.5.
Other Facts You Should Know About The NBA Player
- Kostas has a Nigerian-Greek nationality.
- Besides his older brother Gianni, Kostas has another brother Thanasis, who also plays basketball, and another brother named Francis, who played professional soccer.
- When he played for the University of Dayton, Kostas was trained by the popular coach Archie Miller.
- Kostas’ brother Giannis Antetokounpo is a superstar in the field of basketball. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2013 NBA Draft and has thrilled basketball fans and his colleagues alike.
- Kostas has been predicted by many to share the same fate as his brother Giannis, who was elected during his draft in the second round, but contrary to predictions, he was the final choice for the 2018 NBA Draft.