Papapetrou moves up timetable

Until recently, Melboune (FL) Florida Air Academy wing Ioannis Papapetrou expected to take all five of his official visits before making a college decision. Now, the Class of 2012 hidden gem has narrowed his list to two – Kansas and Texas – and will make his choice much sooner than expected.

It looks as if one of the hidden gems of the Class of 2012 is ready to put an end to his recruitment sooner than expected.

Ioannis Papapetrou, a 6-foot-7, 200-plus pound wing from Melbourne (FL) Air Academy, has received some big-time scholarship offers in recent weeks. The native of Greece has been courted by the likes of Alabama, Florida, George Mason, Kansas and Texas, and in fact had plans to visit those five schools officially.

In late September, Papapetrou tripped to the University of Kansas for its 'Legends of the Phog' alumni event. He followed that visit with a trip to Austin, Texas last weekend, to check out what the Longhorns had to offer.

Upon returning home, the big guard decided he'd seen all he needed to see. Canceling his other visits, he will now decide between Kansas and Texas, and make his decision official Saturday.

"He said those two schools are good enough to him, because the more he visits the more confused he gets," said FAA head coach Aubin Goporo. "He just wanted to think about it and make his decision based on those two schools."

According to Goporo, neither school holds an edge.

"It's difficult," he explained. "The kid says he enjoyed both schools very much, and he's struggling with the decision right now."

The Jayhawks have certainly maintained their interest in Papapetrou. Shortly after his visit to the Lawrence, Kan. campus was completed, Kansas assistant Joe Dooley made the trip out to Florida Air Academy to check in.

"They said that they like him because he's different than a lot of people they're recruiting," Goporo said, in an Oct. 2 interview. "They like his game."


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