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Danai Papadopoulou - Women's Basketball - Kansas Jayhawks

Danai Papadopoulou

Position Center
Height 6-4
Class Junior
Hometown Thessaloniki, Greece
High School Mandoulides HS

Career Honors:

CSC Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team (2023-24)

2023-24 (Junior)
Named to the Collegiate Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team…Played in 32 games and averaged 8.0 minutes a game in her junior seasonWas the first player off the bench 21 times…Scored 33 points (1.0 per game) and grabbed 73 rebounds (2.3 per game)Tied for second on the team in offensive rebounds with 27….Scored a career-high eight points against Houston Christian (Dec. 6, 2023) and tied a careerhigh six rebounds in a 59-55 win over No. 10 Kansas State (Feb. 25).

2022-23 (Sophomore)
Saw action in 3 games averaging 0.7 points per game off the bench…Totaled two points, five rebounds, an assist, and one blocked shot. 

2022 Summer (FIBA U20 European Championships)
Competed for Greece in Group B of the tournament, played in Skopje, North Macedonia…Helped her country to a fifth-place finish in the event…Averaged 6.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 67.7% (21-of-31) from the field…Scored in double figures twice, putting up 14 points with eight rebounds in the opener against Albania and closing out the event with 20 points and five rebounds in the fifth-place game against Germany…Was joined on the Greece U20 team by Kansas teammate Ioanna Chatzileonti.

2021-22 (Freshman)
Saw action in 15 games as a freshman, averaging 8.8 minutes per game off the bench…Totaled 27 points, 25 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocked shots…Had career-highs of seven points and five rebounds against Saint Louis (Nov. 21).

Prior to Kansas
Attended Mandoulides High School…Scored 1,245 points with Mandoulides in the 2017-18 season competing with women’s U18, U16 and U15 teams…Broke scoring record on November 21, 2018 becoming the first to score 405 points in U18 category, while competing for U16…Top scorer in the women’s and U18 categories in back-to-back seasons…Scored a total of 2,521 points over three years with the team…First scorer in the history of the U18 championship of Thessaloniki with 613 points with the same team in October 2019…First scorer in the history of the U18 championship of Thessaloniki with 670 points in November 2019…Set scoring record in December 2019 by reaching 3,018 points with the same team…Scored 656 points in the women’s and U18 categories in 2019-2020 season, breaking own previous record of 648 points…Has scored a career-high 50 points in a game before…Competed on the national stage as a part of the Greek national team with current Jayhawk Ioanna Chatzileonti…Also played for her local club, Panathlitikos, which is a part of the Greek Women’s Basketball League.

Daughter of Lazaros Papadopoulous and Natalia Lobanova…Has one sister, Nefeli…Plans to major in engineering…Has had family members play professionally and collegiately — Lazaros Papadopoulos (father) 1996–2001, Iraklis 2001–2003, Panathinaikos 2003–2004, Iraklis 2004–2007, Dynamo Moscow 2007–2008, Real Madrid 2008–2009, Fortitudo Bologna 2009–2011, PAOK 2011, Khimki 2011–2012, Olympiacos 2012–2013, PAOK 2014, Canarias, Natalia Lobanova (mother) Olympiakos, Peiramatikos.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Kansas Has Two Named to Academic All-District Team

Wyvette Mayberry and Danai Papadopoulou have been selected to the 2023-24 Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their performances on the court and in the classroom.