Alex Antetokounmpo

Greek basketball player

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Alex Antetokounmpo
No. 29 – UCAM Murcia
PositionSmall forward
LeagueLiga ACB
Personal information
Born (2001-08-26) 26 August 2001 (age 19)
Athens, Greece
NationalityGreek[1]/Nigerian[2]
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High schoolDominican
(Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin)
Playing career2020–present
Career history
2020–presentUCAM Murcia
2020–presentUCAM Murcia B

Alexandros Emeka "Alex" Antetokounmpo (/ˌɑːntɛtəˈkmp/ AHN-tet-ə-KOOM-poh; Greek: Αλέξανδρος Εμέκα "Άλεξ" Αντετοκούνμπο, IPA: [aˈleksanðros ˈaleks a(n)detoˈkumbo]; born 26 August 2001) is a Greek professional basketball player for UCAM Murcia of the Spanish Liga ACB. Listed at 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) and 214 pounds (97 kg), he plays the small forward position. He competed for Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. He is the youngest brother of NBA players Giannis, Thanasis, and Kostas.

Early life

Antetokounmpo was born in Sepolia, a neighbourhood in Athens, Greece. He is the son of Nigerian parents, Veronica and Charles Antetokounmpo. He has a Nigerian passport, which was granted to him in June 2013, so that he could gain a visa, and be allowed to legally enter into the United States.[3] He received Greek citizenship in 2016. He started playing basketball at age nine,[4] and in sixth grade, moved with his family to Milwaukee, where his older brother Giannis was playing his rookie season for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He attended St. Monica School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and initially did not speak English.[5]

High school career

Antetokounmpo played basketball for Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay for four years. As a freshman, he averaged 2.9 points per game, and grew about 12 cm (five inches) to 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) by the time he was a sophomore.[5] Antetokounmpo was a two-time all-state selection and averaged 20 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior. He received scholarship offers from DePaul, Ohio and Green Bay.[6] On 9 May 2020, Antetokounmpo announced that he would play in Europe after graduating from high school, rather than playing college basketball. He was considered a three-star recruit by major recruiting services.[7]

Professional career

On 22 June 2020, Antetokounmpo signed a three-year contract with UCAM Murcia of the Liga ACB.[8] On 18 October, he made his debut for the club's reserve team in the Liga EBA, recording 28 points and six rebounds, shooting 6-of-9 from three-point range, in an 83–69 win over SCD Carolinas.[9]

Personal life

Three of his older brothers, Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas, play basketball professionally, and all three have won NBA championships. Giannis and Thanasis play for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Giannis was named NBA Most Valuable Player in both 2019 and 2020. Additionally, Thanasis and Giannis both won the NBA championship in 2021, with Giannis being named as Finals MVP. Kostas plays for the LDLC ASVEL & won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020. Antetokounmpo's father and his oldest brother, Francis, played football in Nigeria. His mother was a high jumper.[10]

References

  1. ^ Ο Άλεξ Αντετοκούνμπο αιτήθηκε την ελληνική ιθαγένεια el.gr
  2. ^ Alex Antetokounpo acb.com
  3. ^ gazzetta.gr Η χαλασμένη καφετιέρα (in Greek).
  4. ^ Fader, Mirin (18 July 2019). "The Rise of the Next Antetokounmpo". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b Hogg, Curt (26 December 2018). "With help from his brother, Alex Antetokounmpo is taking on a 'killer' mentality and making a name for himself". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Giannis Antetokounmpo's brother Alex to skip college, play in Europe". ESPN. 10 May 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  7. ^ Schuster, Blake (9 May 2020). "Giannis' Brother Alex Says He Plans to Play in Europe After Graduating HS". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  8. ^ "El UCAM Murcia ficha a Alex Antetokounmpo" (in Spanish). UCAM Murcia CB. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  9. ^ "El primer show del hermano de Antetokounmpo con el UCAM Murcia: 28 puntos y victoria". Gigantes del Basket (in Spanish). 18 October 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  10. ^ "NBA Rookie Wants To Bring Hope To Greece, And To Milwaukee". NPR.com. 26 September 2013. Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
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