Giannis' Brother Alex Says He Plans to Play in Europe After Graduating HS

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2020

Dominican's Alex Antetokounmpo #24 in action against Sierra Canyon during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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The younger brother of NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo will begin his professional career overseas, skirting the NCAA and G League.

Alex Antetokounmpo, a senior at Dominican High School in Milwaukee, told Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net that he plans to return to Europe to prepare for a potential NBA career:

"I am examining my options, I have a few choices from the States, but I have decided to play in Europe. I want to become a pro as soon as possible. I was born and raised in Europe, I know European basketball and the best thing for me would be to sign a contract with a European club. I will have to train and compete against grown men, I will experience strong competition and pressure and I will evolve on every level."

The 6'7", 190-pound small forward is considered a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, which named him the No. 3 player in the state of Wisconsin and the No. 232 player overall.

So far, he's received just one college offer—from Wisconsin-Green Bay—though 247Sports' Evan Daniels is rather bullish on his abilities:

"An impressive athlete, Antetokounmpo moves fluidly and gets off the ground with ease. Antetokounmpo is fairly active on the backboard and projects as a good rebounder. There's also value in his ability to guard multiple positions. Areas for improvement include his skill, long-range shooting and developing his feel."

Giannis spent two seasons playing pro ball with Filathlitikos in Greece before making the jump to the NBA. A move that paid huge dividends for his development. Now Alex is hoping the route works just as well for him.

"I believe in myself and I also know that I can greatly improve basketball-wise on every level," Antetokounmpo said. "I am sure that my decision to play in Europe is the best choice. It will really help me in my plan to prepare myself in the best possible way. So, when I feel ready to take the next step, I will be totally prepared for the NBA."

The youngest of Giannis Antetokounmpo's siblings, Alex has yet to decide which European league he'll play in when he starts his pro career.

Should his plan work, he'll become the fourth member of his family to join the NBA. Aside from Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas have already made the leap.