Category: Milwaukee boys basketball

Standout freshman Tre White transfers from Texas to Milwaukee, expected to play next week

The buzz around Milwaukee Washington’s boys basketball team is a little louder than usual.
That is what happens when one of the country’s top freshmen transfers into your school.
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Tre White, a 6-foot-5 small forward has moved to Milwaukee from Little Elm, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and enrolled at Washington. He is expected to be eligible for varsity competition beginning Feb. 18 when the Purgolders play at Milwaukee Bay View in a game expected to determine the City Conference title.
White is a Division I prospect who according to rivals.com has offers from Kansas, Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Southern Methodist, Texas Tech and Tulane.
“What made his family move here, I don’t know. That is something I can’t even answer,” Washington coach Freddie Riley said. “All I know is the kid came into our school. He’s a phenomenal talent. He is definitely going to help us and that’s pretty much all I really know.”

White, whose family lives near the high school, has been practicing with the team. Per WIAA rules, he’ll be able to play immediately if his family had made a permanent move to the state.
At Washington, White joins a talented squad led by returning all-state players senior Deontay Long and sophomore Michael Foster Jr.
And in the area, White adds to the number of high-level talents that in addition to Long and Foster include Nicolet juniors Jalen Johnson and Jamari Sibley and Sussex Hamilton sophomore Patrick Baldwin Jr. Baldwin Jr. and Foster, are ranked first and sixth in the Class of 2021 by ESPN. Johnson is No. 3 in the Class of 2020 and Sibley has a number of high-major offers.
As for White, his reputation preceded him at Washington.

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“The players knew him before I did,” Riley said. “They knew who it was and they embraced the guy.”

White’s arrival adds to the intrigue that is expected to come in the postseason in Division 2. Nicolet, which is ranked No. 9 in the nation by USA Today, is the favorite to win the state title, but Washington, with a number of players who have state tournament appearance, expects to make a run as well. The teams are placed in different sectionals, so each could reach Madison.
White’s addition comes as Washington not only enjoys success on the court but in the classroom as well. It has had Division I prospects the past three years and each has met the NCAA requirements for immediate eligibility.
“He’s a good kid. He’s gym rat,” Riley said of White. “He’s all in with his grades. You can tell when we looked at his transcripts.
“He loves basketball. He plays both ends of the floor. He’s locked in on what he needs to do to get to where he needs to go and I’m excited to coach a kid of his caliber.”

With help from his brother, Alex Antetokounmpo is taking on a 'killer' mentality

Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t remember exactly what time it was when he finally left the gym.
The Milwaukee Bucks all-star forward emerged from the team’s practice facility well after everyone else had left the building and the downtown streets were empty.
“It was late,” he says, taking a second to try again to recall the time. “It was late.”
Antetokounmpo heading to the Bucks practice facility following a game is nothing new; often, after a game in which he is unsatisfied with his performance that’s where you can find him.
Again on this early December evening, he was driven to the gym by another unsatisfactory performance, although this one wasn’t one delivered by the two-time all-star.
Rather, it came from his younger brother Alex, a junior at Dominican High School (Milwaukee), who hours earlier had scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds against Shoreland Lutheran.
Older brother didn’t like what he what he had seen from Alex, so he pulled a detour on the way home.

“I went to the game that night,” Antetokounmpo said. “I don’t care about him coming in and scoring – last game he had 38; I don’t care about that – I care about that he has that eye of the tiger, he has that fire to him. I thought, in that game, he didn’t have that hunger, so I said, ‘Okay, cool. I’m going to make you hungry.’”
So, instead of heading back home, Giannis parked his car two blocks away from Fiserv Forum at the Bucks practice facility. There, the two brothers put up countless shots, ran on the treadmill and lifted weights into the wee hours.
“It was the day before we played Detroit,” Giannis said. “He thought, ‘He’s not going to stay here all night; he has a game tomorrow.’ I don’t care about that. I’ll figure it out. All I care about is my brother getting better.”
The youngest Antetokounmpo hitting his stride
With the way Alex Antetokounmpo has played since that late-night trip to the practice facility, he has shown no need for a return visit.
Antetokounmpo has seemingly hit his stride – a Eurostep, likely – as his junior season rolls on, averaging 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game for the 6-1 Knights. The past three games, Antetokounmpo has taken that production to another level, averaging 34 points and 12 rebounds.

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“His last couple of weeks, he’s looked like a completely different player,” Dominican coach Jim Gosz said. “That switch went on and he’s really taken over games for us. I’ve seen his the last couple of games really asserting himself.”
While Alex is starting to show the potential to be the fourth Antetokounmpo brother to hear his name called in the NBA draft (both Thanasis, 26, and Kostas Antetokounmpo, 21, were second-round picks) it hasn’t always come this easily for him.
Read the full story at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.