No. 15 Koufos Ends Speculation

During an unofficial visit to a Big Ten power last week,'s No. 15 prospect ended his recruitment. Kosta Koufos isn't going to be too far from home in the fall of 2007.

When it comes to 2007 and 2008 prospects in Ohio, Thad Matta probably has a very simple motto: "We must protect this house!"

Over the weekend, the Ohio State Buckeyes protected their turf from invaders at Louisville and Maryland. They captured a commitment from Kosta Koufos,'s No. 15 prospect in the Class of 2007.

Koufos, a 7-footer out of Canton Glen Oak, possesses a willowy stroke from the perimeter and ability to impact games as a versatile scorer and rebounder. In the fall of 2007, he'll be on OSU's campus. Many have thought it was only a matter of time before he pulled the trigger and now it's official.

"Yes, I did. It was Friday and I took an unofficial visit on Thursday and I committed to Coach Matta and the whole coaching staff. It was pretty cool."

As it stands now, Koufos is returning from a foot injury that kept him off the court a large portion of last season. He began the year strong and missing games was not something he took a liking to. "I'm doing pretty good now," Koufos said. "Every tournament my foot feels a lot better. I still can't do much with lateral movement."

Koufos' pledge is the Buckeyes second from a Top 100 prospect in 2007. Wing Jon Diebler, another Ohio product, committed to the Buckeyes at the start of high school season.

For Koufos, fit was important. "Probably the biggest thing was that I felt like home on the campus. I felt most comfortable at Ohio State. I love the coaching staff, they've got great players and the campus is beautiful.

"They play 4 out and 1 in. They'll play me at the four and that will create mismatch problems all the way through. If it's a small person, that'll cause mismatches, hopefully."

With the stroke of a guard, Koufos is a walking mismatch.

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