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Kosta Koufos
Κώστας Κουφός
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Utah Flash
Center
Born February 24, 1989 (1989-02-24) (age 21)
Canton, Ohio, United States
Nationality American/ Greek
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
League NBA D-League
High school Glen Oak High School
College Ohio State
Draft 23rd overall, 2008
Utah Jazz
Pro career 2008–present
Former teams Utah Flash (2009)
Utah Jazz (2009-10)
Awards 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP
2008 National Invitation Tournament MVP

Konstantine Demetrios "Kosta" Koufos (in Greek: Κώστας Κουφός or Kóstas Koufós, born on February 24, 1989 in Canton, Ohio, United States) is a Greek-American professional basketball player. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Koufos played college basketball for Ohio State University's team the Ohio State Buckeyes for one year before declaring for the 2008 NBA Draft. Koufos holds dual citizenship of both the United States and Greece, but he has chosen to play for the Greek national basketball team.

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High school career

Koufos attended GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio. He was a McDonald's All-American as a senior, and he was ranked the #3 center of the 2007 high school class by Rivals.com. [1] He also played for the AAU team sponsored by LeBron James.

In 2007, Koufos finished second to Buckeye teammate Jon Diebler in the Mr. Ohio Basketball voting. During his senior season with GlenOak, Koufos was named the Division I player of the year and was also named First-Team All-State. He also earned First-Team Northeast Inland All-District honors.

The 2007 McDonald's and EA Sports All-American, Koufos averaged 25.9 points per game, 15.4 rebounds per game and 5.2 blocked shots per game. He was instrumental in GlenOak snapping Canton McKinley's 41-game win streak in January 2007, when he posted 32 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks to help the Golden Eagles edge the Bulldogs, 56–55, in overtime. The next day, Koufos recorded 32 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks against Detroit Country Day, to lead GlenOak to its ninth consecutive victory.

As a junior, Koufos averaged 24 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and four blocked shots per game and he was named Second-Team All-State. In April 2007, Koufos was a member of the Royal team in the Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden.

College career

In 2007, Koufos joined the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he replaced Greg Oden at center. [2] He was named the MVP of the 2008 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) after leading the Buckeyes to the championship by defeating the UMass Minutemen by a score of 92–85.

Over the course of his year at Ohio State, Koufos averaged 14.4 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 1.8 blocked shots per game.

Pro career

On April 21, 2008, Koufos declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, but initially chose not to hire an agent; this would have allowed him to return to Ohio State if he withdrew from the draft on or before the June 16 withdrawal deadline. However, at the same time, it was speculated that he would leave the Buckeyes anyway to sign a professional contract in Greece.[3] On May 8, the Canton Repository reported that Koufos signed with Cleveland-based agent Mark Termini, thereby ending his college eligibility.[4] He turned down a 3 year 5 million euros net income contract offer from Olympiacos Piraeus[5], a Greek A1 League basketball club. [6]

Koufos was selected by the NBA team Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. In March 2009, the Jazz assigned him to the NBA D-League club the Utah Flash.[7] However, after the Flash's first playoff game, the Jazz recalled him from the D-League in time for the playoffs due to an injury to Jazz starting center Mehmet Okur.[8]

Koufos was re-assigned to the Flash on March 8, 2010.[9]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Utah 48 7 11.8 .508 .000 .706 2.9 .4 .2 .6 4.7
Career 48 7 11.8 .508 .000 .706 2.9 .4 .2 .6 4.7

Greek national team

Medal record
Competitor for  Greece
FIBA European Championship
Bronze 2009 Poland National Team

Koufos was a member of the junior Greek national under-18 team at the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Spain. He led his team to the final game and although Greece lost to Serbia, Koufos won the tournament's MVP award after leading the competition in points, rebounds and blocked shots.[10] Koufos is considered to be one of the top Greek basketball center talents.

In 2009, he debuted with the senior Greek national basketball team and competed at the 2009 FIBA European Championship, where he won a bronze medal.

Awards and accomplishments

Personal

Koufos is the son of Katerina and the late Alex Koufos. He has one brother, Vasilios, and a sister, Maria.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nicolas Batum
FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP
2007
Succeeded by
Donatas Motiejūnas
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