Papapetrou Off To Hot Start

Papapetrou Off To Hot Start

Texas sophomore forward Ioannis Papapetrou has made the most of his opportunity in the Under-20 European Championships, leading Greece to an early 2-0 record.

But while the Greeks are cruising along, the most encouraging part for Texas fans has to be Papapetrou's play in Tallin, Estonia. He has averaged 15.0 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 48.0 percent on his field goals.

In Group A Pool Play, Papapetrou helped Greece to a 79-73 victory against Serbia, scoring a game-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting — including 3-of-6 from behind the arc — grabbing five rebounds, dishing out two assists and adding a steal and a block in 33 minutes played. Papapetrou followed that gem up with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting against Germany. He also grabbed seven rebounds and had one assist in 33 minutes in a 65-56 win against Germany.

Papapetrou and Greece will play against Georgia on Friday and Lithuania on Saturday. Should the Greeks qualify, classification and medal round play will start on Monday. The tournament runs through Sunday, July 21.

Papapetrou showed flashes of that ability for the Longhorns as a freshman, scoring 8.3 points and grabbing 4.4 rebounds while serving as the team's top three-point marksman. He's expected to play a much bigger role in 2013-2014.

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