DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton has announced that freshman basketball player Kostas Antetokounmpo will sit out the 2016-17 season. The 6-foot-10 forward from Athens, Greece is prohibited from practicing with the team during the first semester after being ruled as a partial qualifier by the NCAA.
Antetokounmpo will retain four years of eligibility, beginning with next season.
Antetokounmpo is a 2016 graduate of Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisc., a suburb of Milwaukee where his brother Giannis is a rising star for the Milwaukee Bucks. After moving to the United States (specifically Milwaukee) with his family midway through his sophomore year, Antetokounmpo developed to the point that he averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks a game while shooting .639 (147-230) from the field as a senior.
He helped lead Dominican to an unprecedented fifth consecutive Wisconsin Division 4 state championship and was named First Team Division 4 All-State by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Antetokounmpo was a consensus top 100 high school prospect (89 according to Rivals, 98 by Scout).
Dayton men’s basketball finished the 2015-16 regular season as co-champions in the Atlantic 10, with a 14-4 conference record. UD was 25-8 overall, and reached the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season. The Flyers’ 78 wins over the last three seasons match the best three-year record in school history.