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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A tale of two Coreys

After starting his collegiate career with a bang, averaging a double-double at one point, Oakland freshman Corey Petros fouled out scoreless in consecutive games at Valparaiso and Arizona. He came back with a nine-rebound, five-point effort in his next game against Western Michigan Friday.
“He hasn’t handled success very well, and that’s good,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said.  
“It’s simple to sit here and point a finger, but when you’re out there living the experience … he’s just a freshman and all of a sudden he’s being written about in national magazines and showing up on scouting reports. Nobody knew who he was and now they’re scheming and gameplanning and hitting him and doubling him. When shots go up, they make sure they find him.
“It’s part of the maturation process.”
Petros put up seven points and seven rebounds in his debut against No. 16 Alabama Nov. 14 and was quickly putting up double figures in each category. He corralled 16 rebounds against Ohio Dec. 7, the most by any league player this season. That outing earned him StatSheet Freshman of the Week, as Petros was averaging 17.5 points and 12.5 rebounds and shooting 83 percent from the floor. He has four double-doubles this season, but hasn’t had one since the meeting with the Bobcats.
Petros is still averaging 9.9 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game.
“He played really well for a freshman early and nobody expected that,” Kampe said. “He hasn’t played as well and everybody wants to know what’s wrong. It’s part of the process. He’ll be fine.”

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