Landers: ‘Surreal feeling’ finally getting to play with Antetokounmpo

Nov 04, 2017

Fans of the Dayton Flyers waited a long time to see Kostas Antetokounmpo on the court. The wait was just as long for him. It finally ended Saturday in an exhibition game against Ohio Dominican at UD Arena.

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The 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman, the brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, had six points, four rebounds and a block in 16 minutes in Dayton’s 79-61 victory. Foul trouble limited his impact. He picked up two in five minutes in the first half.

Antetokounmpo provided two of the game’s biggest highlights with rim-rocking dunks, the second off an alley-oop pass from the other member of Dayton’s 2016 recruiting class, Trey Landers.

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“That’s all we talk about, me and Kostas,” Landers said. “It’s beautiful. He pointed up and I said OK. I knew he was going to get it. I just threw it up there. It had the crowd going crazy. It’s a beautiful thing. That’s like my best friend. For him and me to be in the game at the same time, it was a surreal feeling.”

Antetokounmpo sat out last season as a NCAA partial qualifier. He suffered a knee injury in the summer and wasn’t cleared for full-contact practices until a couple weeks before the exhibition game.

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“It meant a lot to him for him to show the people what he can do,” Landers said. “He’s been off for about a year and a half or two years, battling some injuries and things like that. He had a good showing tonight.”

The Wayne grad Landers scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting in 15 minutes. He had three rebounds and an assist.