October 22, 2011

Longhorns add the shooter they covet

The commitments just keep rolling in for Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns. After recently adding Prince Ibeh to the 2012 class, the Horns were at it again on Saturday, and it was another big man that was added to the list. Melbourne Air Academy 2012 SG/SF Ioannis Papapetrou gave the Horns good news on Saturday when he became the fifth member of UT's 2012 recruiting class.

However, this 6-8, 225 pound big man won't be doing his work in the paint. Texas is hoping he's the shooter it wanted to add to the 2012 class.

For a while, it looked like Papapetrou would end up taking more visits after his official to Texas the weekend of October 14th. However, Texas hit a home run on its visit, and there was no need to check out anywhere else. Immediately after his visit to the UT campus, Papapetrou told his coach that he'll be ending his recruitment.

"He said Kansas is a great school, but he fell in love with Texas on his visit," said Papapetrou's high school coach Aubin Goporo. "He grabbed a UT hat and put it on and that was the end of it. He did it a lunch today. Texas is where he wants to be."

Goporo gave the news to the Texas coaches this afternoon, and as expected, they were very excited.

"I called coach Rick Barnes and coach Rob Lanier. They were very happy, very excited," Goporo stated. "They're going to go down to Florida to see him next week."

One of the main reasons Papapetrou picked Texas, besides the great visit, is that he really thinks he can thrive in the UT system. Texas already has three big men in the 2012 class, and even with his size, Papapetrou wants to stay on the perimeter, which is what Texas was looking for.

"He thinks he's going to fit in the best there," said Papapetrou's coach. "The kid is a big guard. He's 6-8 and plays outside. He passes the ball well, he shoots well, and handles it. The kid is a very, very skilled player. He's different. It's hard for me to find someone to compare him to, but his teammates compare him to Hedo Turkoglu. He has very deep range and loves to shoot threes. The way he passes the ball for his size, the IQ; he understands the game really well. He's not your typical European in terms of fitness and weight. Style is important to him based on how physical he is people say he wants to play inside, but he wants to play outside. He's said no to a lot of schools that have wanted him inside to create mismatches. He doesn't want to hear it."

Despite offers from several schools, Papapetrou was down to Kansas and Texas before making his UT commitment. Per his coach, he will sign during the first fall signing period.


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