Dayton forward Kostas Antetokounmpo has been ruled in eligible to play in the upcoming 2016-17 season, but will remain on scholarship with the team, leaving the freshman with four years of eligibility.
The younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis and New York Knicks forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Kostas was a four-star recruit in the 2016 recruiting class, ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Wisconsin by 247sports.
A 6-foot-9, 190-pound Dominican HS product by way of Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo chose head coach Archie Miller and Dayton over other options such as in-state Marquette, St. John’s (which was the favorite per 247sports’ Crystal Ball predictions), Texas, Kansas, and Iowa State. He joined three-star guard Trey Landers from Dayton as the team’s only two recruits in the 2016 class.
The hoops revival for the Flyers can be tied to the coaching of Archie Miller, who has shirked higher-profile positions to stay in Dayton, signing a contract that keeps him with the team through the 2023 season. He first took over the role in 2011 and has since seen his team now make three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 25-win seasons, including making the Elite Eight back in 2014.
Playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Flyers don’t receive as much national pub as a Power 5 conference school may, which has meant that the team has thrived as an underdog. In the two games in NCAA Tournament history where they’ve been ranked as the higher seed in the opening round, they’ve lost both games. Coming off being the co-champions of the A-10 regular season, Dayton will go at it in 2016-17 without their top freshman recruit in Antetokounmpo.