Dayton redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo, the brother of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo,will declare for the 2018 NBA draft, a source tells ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. The younger Antetokounmpo, a 6’10” forward, isn’t necessarily forgoing his remaining NCAA years, as he’ll test the draft waters without hiring an agent.
Antetokounmpo, who is 20 years old, saw inconsistent playing time during his first season with Dayton, but won’t request a transfer if he decides to continue his college career, a source tells Givony. Mike Schmitz of ESPN.com (Insider link) took an in-depth look at Antetokounmpo back in November, suggesting that Giannis’ younger brother “has a long development curve ahead of him, and certainly isn’t ready to jump to the NBA soon” — as such, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him withdraw from draft consideration this spring.
Here are more draft-related notes and updates, with a focus on early entrants:
- As he did a year ago, Louisville forward Deng Adel will test the 2018 draft waters, he confirmed this week (Twitter link via Jody Demling of CardinalAuthority.com). Adel is a junior, so if he decides to withdraw again, he’d be draft-eligible in 2019.
- Detroit junior Kameron Chatman will enter the draft without hiring an agent, a source tells ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (Twitter link). The 6’7″ swingman averaged 17.8 PPG and 8.2 RPG in his first year with Detroit this season.
- Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman announced his intent to test the draft waters (via Twitter). Wright-Foreman, a junior, was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year for 2017/18, averaging 24.4 PPG on .449/.366/.799 shooting.
- What exactly does it mean to test the NBA draft waters, and what rules and deadlines must prospects be aware of? Jonathan Givony explores that topic in depth at ESPN.com, outlining one hypothetical scenario in which a player could become an undrafted NBA free agent while retaining his NCAA eligibility.