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Barnes adds more height to 2012 class

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns only have one player on their roster listed above 6-foot-10 for the 2011-12 season.

It will be a much different story next season.

The height trend of Texas' 2012 recruiting class continued on Saturday when 6-foot-8 small forward/guard Ioannis Papapetrou (Melbourne, Fla./Florida Air Academy) committed to Rick Barnes' program, according to his coach Aubin Goporo.

Papapetrou, who was recruited by Texas assistant Rob Lanier, chose the Longhorns over Kansas, which landed center Sasha Kaun from the same school a few years ago. He visited the Jayhawks for the Sept. 24 Legends of the Phog exhibition game and was in Austin last weekend.

“He just enjoyed his visit,” Goporo said. “He really liked it. It came down to two schools and you have to pick one. So he picked Texas.”

The Greek wing, who averaged 22 points and seven rebounds last season, also had offers from Florida, Alabama and George Mason.

He joins a class that already includes 6-10 Prince Ibeh (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest), 6-10 Cameron Ridley (Fort Bend, Texas/Bush) and 6-9 Connor Lammert (San Antonio, Texas/Churchill), to go along with guard Javan Felix (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine).

Papapetrou, who weighs 220 pounds, is a two-star prospect and is rated the No. 22 player in Florida by ESPNU.

"He’s an outside player, a guard,” Goporo said. “He plays strictly outside.”

His ESPNU scouting report said that he “can play from the high post to the win. Will drive his man deep and seems to have a strong basketball IQ. Very much a scrappy type of player with some range to 3-point land.”

Papapetrou is the son of former European pro basketball player Argiris Papapetrou.