Alexis ‘Alex’ Antetokounmpo is a star player in high school basketball whose fame is the younger brother of 2019 National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Early life and family
Alexis Antetokounmpo was born on August 26, 2001 in Athens, Greece. Alex, along with his older brothers Giannis, Kostas and Thanasi, was raised by their parents Charles and Veronica Antetokounpo, who are Nigerian immigrants, in a poor neighborhood in Sepolia, Athens. His eldest brother, Francis, a professional soccer player, was left with his grandparents when his parents moved from Lagos, Nigeria, to Greece in 1991. Undocumented, his parents struggled to find ways to earn money to support the family.
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His older brothers did odd jobs to help their parents, and even when Giannis and Thanasi played for a Greek basketball team, they sometimes missed basketball practice just so they could sell things on the street to make money. The Antetokounmpo brothers were stateless for years because they had no papers – being born in Greece, they were not automatically eligible for citizenship. Finally, he and his brother Kostas became full Greek citizens in 2016, while their older brothers got their citizenship a few years earlier. When Giannis became an NBA player, he and his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to live with him.
Alexis had his early education in Greece and is currently attending Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
He is about to enroll in 2020 and is now considering his college and basketball options.
Like his brother Kostas, Alexis is a star player at Dominican High School, and like his brother Giannis, has great hands controlling the ball while dominating the paint. He is a shooting guard who has helped his school team to numerous victories. He was recently evaluated by Evan Daniels, Director of Basketball Recruiting at Scout.Com and voting member of the USA Basketball Development Committee, saying, “Antetokounmpo, Giannis’ brother, is physically impressive and well-sized for the position with broad shoulders and good height .
An impressive athlete, Antetokounmpo moves fluidly and gets off the ground with ease. Antetokounmpo is fairly active on the board and projects like a good rebounder. There is also value in its ability to monitor multiple positions. Areas for improvement include his skill, long range shooting and developing his sense.’
He is the youngest of the five Antetokounmpo brothers, and whom the second oldest brother Giannis spends so much time watching, training and even more teaching since their father passed away.
All of his four older brothers play professionally. Giannis and Thanasis are with the Milwaukee Bucks, Kostas is with the LA Lakers, and oldest brother Francis is with a local soccer team in Nigeria.
While Alexis watched Kostas as his best brother and role model, it is Giannis who drives him to become a better version of himself. There is one lesson he will remember for the rest of his life, and it happened the day his father died of a heart attack. On September 29, 2017, Mariah, Gianni’s girlfriend, came to pick him up from a class and take him home. He was surprised that there were other people in their house, and before entering the house, Mariah told him to be strong for Giannis. Someone offered condolences, and finally, when he found his older brother, Giannis said to him: Told you two days ago?’
Apparently, a few days before his father died, the family had a meeting that Alexis didn’t want to attend because he had plans with his friends. Giannis reminded him of the importance of family, telling him specifically, “That’s fine, but I just want you to know that we should continue to be a family, because you never know when Mom and Dad won’t be around.” The pain was so bad that he almost stopped playing basketball, but his brothers told him that their father wanted him to succeed, so he kept pushing to get better. Alexis always knew that despite his failures, his father never considered him the youngest brother. The Antetokounmpo brothers want to live up to their father’s legacy. He currently lives with his mother along with Giannis and Mariah in a modest three-story home in Milwaukee.
Who is his brother, Giannis Antetokounmpo?
Giannis was born on December 6, 1994 in Athens, Greece. He played for a local basketball team, Filathlitikos, in Athens along with his brother Thanasis, then was drafted to the NBA in 2013 at the age of 18, selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 15e overall choice. Because of his outstanding talent, immense size and incredible ball control, NBA pundits nicknamed him “Greek Freak”; he was one of the youngest NBA players in the league. Proving his worth during his rookie year, he was named to the “2013-14 NBA All-Rookie Second Team,” and selected to play on the “NBA All-Star Weekend in the Rising Stars Challenge.”
The Milwaukee Bucks continued to exercise their team option each year to renew his contract as he continued to improve his numbers. On September 19, 2016, management offered him a superstar contract, and he signed a $100 million deal extending his contract for another four years. One of his notable games was when he led the Bucks to a 108-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors, ending their undefeated streak with a near triple double. From 2017 to 2020, he was selected as the starter player for the NBA All-Star Game, and all of his hard work was rewarded by becoming the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2019. In 2020 he still has a chance to win the same prize. .
With his longtime girlfriend, Mariah, he has a son named Liam Charles, born in February 2020.
- At the age of 18 and without playing professionally, he has almost 500,000 followers on his Instagram account, with 309 posts.
- His official first name on most online sites is Alexis, but in his IG account his name is Alexandrous.
- Once when he came home late without telling the family, Giannis drove him to the Bucks training facility, the firing machine started with an automatic rebounder and let him shoot for 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- His high school jersey number is 34, the same as his brother Giannis’ Milwaukee Bucks jersey number. It is their way of paying tribute to their parents as the numbers 3 and 4 represent their dates of birth, June 3 and June 4.
He is 1.80 meters tall. 7 inches. (2.04 m) tall, weighs about 86 kg and has a wingspan of 7 ft. 2 inches. He is of Nigerian descent with black hair and black eyes.
There is no information about his net worth as he is still a high school student but his elder brother Giannis takes care of his tuition and living expenses. From early 2020, sources estimated Giannis Antetokounmpo’s net worth at around $70 million.