Texas, SMU add frontcourt foreigners 

October, 22, 2011
Ioannis Papapetrou (Greece/Florida Air Academy) is the son of a former professional basketball player in Greece. Like his father, Papapetrou is a veteran of the Greek national team. While dad coaches in Greece, his son will be playing basketball for the Texas Longhorns.

Texas beat out Kansas for the services of the 6-foot-8 small forward. Papapetrou's father found his son a high school in the States but the decision to play for Rick Barnes was made by his son. He visited both schools, trimmed his list to UT and KU and then had a difficult decision to make. Bill Self and Joe Dooley, according to Ioannis, couldn't have done a better job with him. Kansas was hard to beat but a closing visit to Texas sealed his decision.

"I didn't want to rush anything," Papapetrou said. "I wanted to come back to my school and sit back and compare. I told the people from Texas I had to go back and speak to my dad because that's important. It wasn't an easy decision.