Ioannis Papapetrou, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior basketball shooting guard from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday orally committed to play basketball at Texas, his coach Aubin Goporo told the Journal-World.
Papapetrou announced at a ceremony celebrating the 50-year anniversary of his school.
"He said Kansas did a great job recruiting him, but he fell in love with Texas," Goporo said. "That's where he wanted to go."
Papapetrou, who averaged 22 points and seven rebounds a game last season, visited KU for the Sept. 24 Legends of the Phog exhibition game and Texas last weekend. The unranked Papapetrou, who is originally from Greece, canceled visits to Alabama, Florida and George Mason.
Papapetrou is the son of former European pro basketball player Argiris Papapetrou.
Florida Air Academy is the alma mater of former KU center Sasha Kaun.
Here’s ESPN.com’s scouting report on Papapetrou, written on Sept. 20:
Strengths: Native of Greece who is the owner of a physically strong body. Scouts got to see him in the spring of 2011 as a member of Nike Team Florida. Can play from the high post to the wing. 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.
Weaknesses: He struggled with the pace and style of AAU basketball; we don't have a high school evaluation to go by. Athletically appears to be average at best. Can he guard athletic small forward would be a legitimate question.
Bottom Line: Plays high school basketball for a good teacher (Aubin Goporo) especially of foreign players — and he's got somewhat of an international reputation. Likely a rock solid mid-major prospect who would be viewed as a rotation player in time for a bigger league team.